Former Bush speech writer Marc Thiessen may have thought his Daily Show appearance would just be part of the publicity tour for his book, “Courting Disaster.” But Thiessen, whose book defends the CIA’s post-911 “enhanced” interrogation programs, ran into a Jon Stewart who was both prepared and passionate about the issue.
Stewart took a tough and combative position. Thiessen held his own. The result is 30 minutes of riveting (and occasionally funny) intellectual parrying, which pits Thiessen’s top philosophical priority, to keep America safe, against Stewart’s, to uphold the Constitution.
Was Stewart too pushy in interrupting Thiessen? Or did the comedy show host set an example for reporters too often ready to let subjects off too easily instead of challenging their interpretation of the facts? You be the judge.
Whatever your conclusion, this fascinating interview is the kind of candid give-and-take between a conservative and a liberal that we need more of in place of the posturing that defines politics. Hats off to both men.