Stewart Slams CBS For Censoring The Word “Slut” In John Edwards Story [VIDEO]
12:16 pm, April 27th | by Amy Tennery
The John Edwards trial is a twisted web indeed. Allegations of campaign misconduct, gross details about Edwards’ and Rielle Hunter’s relationship that no one wanted to hear about. And, yes, then there are the stories of how Edwards talked about Hunter behind closed doors. It’s across-the-board awful. And it would seem that one network is getting a little squeamish.
“Democrats are probably hoping the formality of a trial will bring some dignity to this otherwise tawdry affair,” Jon Stewart noted during a segment on The Daily Show. Of course, bringing dignity to a guy who cheated on his cancer-ridden wife isn’t an easy task — we ladies do not care for that. And it’s an even greater challenge when the guy in question makes Tucker Max look like Ryan Gosling.
Because, as we all know now, this is the guy who called his own mistress a “crazy slut.”
John Edwards, congratulations: You are the one person in America who could actually make me feel just a teeny bit sorry for Rielle Hunter. Bravo, sir.
But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. Why? Because last night Stewart played one of our favorite games here at The Jane Dough: When Networks Try To Have It Both Ways.
ABC is perhaps most notable for this practice, with its midseason line-up of “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23″ and “GCB” — two shows that prove ABC has no problem calling women “bitches,” but still thinks it’s too good to use the actual word.
And this time, Stewart destroyed CBS censoring of the word “slut” in the actual news story about John Edwards — even though it repeatedly allows the words “whore” and “slut” in its primetime, fictional shows. Because it’s cool to call women that for comedic effect (obviously!) — but it’s not okay to use those words when you’re reporting a news story. Of course not.
Watch the whole report below: