Is ‘Thug’ The New N-Word? Jon Stewart Brilliantly Breaks It Down (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart: Who's a 'thug?' Crack Mayor Ford, drunk Bieber, or Richard Sherman.

Jon Stewart to the media: ‘Thugs aren’t the dudes accused of actual violent crimes,’ like crack Mayor Ford or bad boy Bieber, but too-loud Richard Sherman.

Jon Stewart has been making an important point over the last two weeks. The point applies to many issues that seem unrelated, but have a material effect on people’s lives directly and indirectly. Namely, the way the media frames the news. Last week Stewart ridiculed MSNBC for cutting away from a substantive NSA Interview with a national security expert, to cover Justin Bieber’s arrest in Florida. A few weeks before, he knocked Fox News on its unscientific coverage of climate change.

Who’s a ‘thug?’ Crack Mayor Rob Ford, “Bad Boy” Justin Bieber, or the philanthropist, Stanford grad and Seattle Hawks corner back who talks too loud, Richard Sherman?

Jon Stewart does it again. Toronto’s crack Mayor Rob Ford sends a violent message to a local prisoner. He also admits to smoking crack. He is caught on video being drunk and acting uncontrollably. But, does the media call Ford a ‘thug?’ Justin Bieber is accused of a felony in California for egging a neighbor’s home causing thousands of dollars in damage. He is arrested and charged in Florida for driving under the influence. Justin Bieber is also charged with assaulting a limo driver in Canada. But does the media call Bieber a ‘thug?’

Richard Sherman, the Seattle Hawks’ cornerback excelled in high school. He had a 4.5 GPA and a 1200 SAT score. He is a Stanford graduate. He has never been arrested. Sherman gives back to his community with his The Sherman Family Foundation. The stated mission of the foundation is “to level the playing field for children enrolled in grades K-12 who have a strong combination of potential, goals and a desire to make the most of their education. Does he sound like someone the media should call a ‘thug?’

Does getting angry with a rude player from the opposing team make you a ‘thug?’

Richard Sherman attempted to congratulate Michael Crabtree, the wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, after an exciting and emotional game. Crabtree rudely rebuffed him with an arm to his shoulder and facemask. Sherman then had a loud outburst, though he did not once utter an obscenity.

Yet throughout the media Richard Sherman was labeled a thug. Later on he made a prescient statement at a press conference on Jan. 29th. Thug is now the politically correct way to call someone the N-word.

“The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays. It’s like everyone else said the N-word and they said ‘Thug’ and they’re like, ‘Ah, that’s fine.’ That’s where it kind of takes me aback and it’s kind of disappointing.”

Justin Bieber and Rob Ford were labeled ‘bad boys.’ In fact one of the reporters said they kind of liked Rob Ford. Jon Stewart lays it out well below.

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The media in the case of Richard Sherman, Justin Beiber, and Rob Ford is not playing into American’s racial fears. It is defining what their fears should be.

This does not only apply to racial issues. It applies to political issues that have material impacts on all American lives.  Chuck Todd and other ‘journalists’ frequently gave Right Wing conservatives a pass that allowed them to use America’s airwaves to lie and misinform about Obamacare, the IRS, and many other issues. This did not help the debate or help Americans. It defined a narrative. It defined a false narrative.

These among many other actions make the traditional media a useless tool for the American Democracy. No longer can Americans have faith in the traditional media as an objective arbiter of news.

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