The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Season 12 Episode 95

Rob Gifford

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Jul 25, 2007 on Comedy Central
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Tonight, a correspondent on National Public Radio and author of China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power, Rob Gifford. Jon begins tonight reporting on the House Judiciary Committee citing Josh Bolten and Harriet Miers with contempt of Congress for refusing to testify under oath about the Alberto Gonzalez firings. Who enforces this contempt of Congress charge, why Alberto Gonzalez of course. Jon continues by looking at Alberto's testimony yesterday before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a segment called "Hearing Problems". Alberto's 'I don't recalls' have transformed into flat out refusals to answer any questions. Senior White House Correspondent Rob Riggle discusses the situation with Jon. Finally, Lewis Black in "Back in Black". Lewis takes on professional athletes beginning with Barry Bonds who is about to break the all time home run record while on steroids, NFL quarterback Michael Vick arrested for running a dogfight, & NBA referee Tim Donaghy for fixing several games he bet on.moreless

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      • (in reference to dog fighting)
        Geraldo: (clip) ...many kids who feel alienated in some way. I think there is almost a sexual empowerment there.
        Lewis Black: Yes, some people use the dogs to compensate for sexual inadequacy and other people, a flamboyant moustache does the trick.

      • Rob Gifford: There is more Christians in China than members of the communist party. About 70 million Christians because you know communism wiped out Confucianism and Daoism and now communism is bankrupt. So everyone is sort of looking around for something to believe in and so all the folk religions...
        Jon Stewart: Ooh, don't tell Tom Cruise, he'll head over there.

      • Jon Stewart: Alberto Gonzalez is saying there are problems, of which he cannot speak, for which he is responsible yet not to blame, and that he is the only one who can clean up the mess, that he can neither confirm nor deny exists. Let me try to put this in schoolyard terms if I may. He has smelt it and while he cannot confirm he in fact also dealt it, he refuses to deny it on the grounds it might incriminate him for supplying it.

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      • Moment of Zen: Senator Arlen Specter talking to Alberto Gonzalez about the purpose of Congressional oversight on the Executive Branch.

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • The caption "Al, The President's Man" is a play on the title of the 1975 film All The President's Men. The movie was about Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (played by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, respectively) and their investigation of the Watergate scandal.

      • The clip of Al Pacino appearing to question Alberto Gonzales is from his 1992 movie Glengarry Glen Ross.

      • The clip of "Senator Sergeant Hartman" is from Stanley Kubrick's film Full Metal Jacket; the extremely tough Marine Gunnery Sergeant was played by R. Lee Ermey, who is a real-life veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

      • Jon Stewart: Rob Gifford will be here, he's written a book about China. The country. Not the female wrestler, I found that out about 200 pages in.

        This is a reference to the former professional wrestler Joan Marie Laurer, who wrestled under the name Chyna.

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