The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Season 11 Episode 33

Bart Ehrman

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Mar 14, 2006 on Comedy Central
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TONIGHT: The author of Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, Bart Ehrman! Plus "This Week in God" with Rob Corddry.

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  • Nothing like a good show with references to urine and censorship

    9.2
    Jon Stewart had a great show, during which he covered a variety of interesting topics.



    He was off with some riffs from the start, noting that the show was going to feature an interview with Bert Ehrman, author of the book Misquoting Jesus : The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why.



    Stewart made up two discovered misquotes: "The meek shall inherit the Earth" was supposed to read "The Greeks will inherit the Earth."



    And "Turn the other cheek" was supposed to read "Thank you, sir. May I have another?"



    With less than 1,000 days until the 2008 presidential election, he also reported on a straw poll in Memphis.



    President Bush received 10 percent of the vote, despite the fact the constitution prohibits presidents from serving more than two terms.



    Then Stewart adds, "of course he probably really does not care about the constitution."



    Stewart went on to introduce a brilliant segment by correspondent Ed Helms about a Democratic candidate in Ohio who was asked to drop out of a congressional race.



    Blogcritics writer Dave Nalle has written about what a good job the show did in pointing out how the candidate, Paul Hackett, got screwed by the Democratic Party.



    Democratic leaders not only urged him to drop out of a congressional race but also asked donors not to give money to his campaign. He did eventually drop out.



    Funny? Ha ha? Not at first but then it got good as Helms talks to a political consultant who said Hackett shouldn't run because he does not fit the party's matrix.



    The Democrats, Helms, said, clearly know how to win elections. His comments were followed by footage of election losers Al Gore and John Kerry and others.



    Helms suggested he help Hackett learn how to better run as a good Democratic candidate.



    As Hackett speaks for mock campaign ads, Helms repeatedly interrupts him in ways that make him less compelling. A sign behind Hackett to remind voters he was a U.S. Marine? That has to go, Helms said.



    After Hackett states his views, Helms tells him: "Try it again, but without emotion." He does and it makes Al Gore look charismatic.



    They show a mock ad for Hackett in which he says: "I am in favor of agriculture and adorable children. I believe we should take care of our environment that is why I am standing in front of a river."



    The ad contains his new slogan: "Paul Hackett for U.S. Senate, He Won't Rock the Boat."



    The ad ends with this "paid for by people who don't know what they're doing and are scared shitless to make strong choices."



    After the commercial break it was time for one of my favorite features: "This Week in God," which this week had a special theme: "The Blasphemy Edition."



    Rob Corddry talked about the Muhammed cartoon controversy and noted that it is not just Muslims offended and upset when holy symbols are displayed inappropriately.



    For example, Corddry said, there was the furor over "Piss Christ," the art work where, with a crucifix, "Christ was submerged in a vat of urine, which was not meant as a comment about Christianity but rather a scathing attack on modern urology."



    The interview segment was heady and thoughtful. Stewart praises the book and encouraged everyone to check it out.



    Stewart asked about the famous parable of Jesus and the prostitute, where he supposedly said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."



    The author, Ehrman, said that story was not in the original Bible but were added as people copied the manuscript.



    "It looks like this story was added by scribes in later centuries to the text," Ehrman said.



    Stewart asked: "Why would they add it? Would people give notes? Would people say it needs some sex appeal? Give me a prostitute and some stones. Make it work."



    They went on to discuss how the manuscripts vary, how it is that bibles are in every hotel room in the United States and related matters.



    This show was definitely better than Monday'sepisode.



    And tonight's show, which is supposed to feature a segment on hunting, should be pretty funny.moreless
  • Worst episode this season.

    7.7
    Jon starts off the show by mentioning tonight's guest, who wrote a book about misquoting Jesus.



    Jon then quickly moves on to the 2008 election. A group of Republicans held a straw poll in Tennessee, and Bill Frist came out on top.



    Jon then introduces a piece from Ed Helms, who reports on Paul Hackett, who ran for office in 2002, and was encouraged by senior Democrats to get out of the race because he didn't seem to fit the mold. This year, Paul is running for office again and Ed offers some silly tips to make for a "better" campaign.



    Back from commercial, Jon introduces another edition of "This Week In God: Blasphemy Edition" with Rob Corddry. Rob touches on the recent up-tick in violence in the middle east, and then talks about Christianity, Buddhism, and Judaism.



    Back from commercial, Jon welcomes tonight's guest, Bart Ehrman. Mr. Ehrman recently wrote a book about how the bible has changed quite a lot for a variety of reasons, and this is the basis for tonight's discussion. Like at the top of the show, Jon can't help but comment on how good he thought the book was.



    Tonight's news piece was cut a little short because they had not only a field piece from Ed Helms, but a "This Week in God" segment with Rob Corddry, which made the top of the show feel a little short. I was glad to see Paul Hackett on the show; top Democrats should be ashamed at how they've treated this man. It's an absolute disgrace. "This Week In God" hasn't been nearly as regular as I hoped it would have been, and tonight's edition absolutely sucked. I don't say that often about any segment on the show, but this was bad... just bad. The interview with Bart Ehrman went okay, but I admit I wasn't nearly as enthusiastic about he or his book as Jon seemed to be. Perhaps it's because I wasn't surprised by anything either of them had to say in regards to the way the bible was written, edited, etc. Overall, tonight's show was mediocre. The highlight was certainly Ed Helms' piece with Paul Hackett.moreless
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