Posted: 8:00 am Friday, January 31st, 2014

Jon Stewart skewers Atlanta and the storm response because it’s oh so easy 

By Rodney Ho

When Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” staff yesterday decided what to make fun of on last night’s episode, Atlanta and its woeful response to the snow and ice Tuesday was an easy target.

And being the Yankees that they are, they referenced Paula Deen, “Deliverence,” “Gone With the Wind” and “Driving Miss Daisy.” Stewart mines humor out of Governor Nathan Deal’s comment that this storm was “unexpected” and noted The Weather Channel is based here. Plus, Mayor Kasim Reed ironically was receiving a “Georgian of the Year” award from Georgia Trend just as the you know what was hitting the fan Tuesday.

Channel 2 Action News was featured in the clips, with video of Karen Minton, Jovita Moore and Justin Farmer – plus all 25 reporters out in the field at once in a massive box that would put “The Brady Bunch” to shame. Aasiv Mandvi, a “correspondent,” pops up in one of the boxes.  Then he pops up in another box.  Then it becomes like an episode from the old game show “Press Your Luck.”

Plus, you can never count out “The Daily Show” to use juvenile humor and references to “two inches.” You can watch and judge for yourself.

74 comments
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JeffreyLWright

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Hodor
Hodor

I detest Jon Stewart.

bucknersc
bucknersc

It was such a brilliant idea for the Mayor to appear on The Weather Channel to address the public and disseminate important information during a traffic emergency! If only there was a broadcast medium found in nearly every motor vehicle that could have been used instead...

MarcSizemore
MarcSizemore

Mayor Reed, I only have one question: You mad bro? 

nuke1
nuke1

Yankees don't drive in snow.  They drive next to snow.

almmanduane75
almmanduane75

A yankee watched by yankees and others that don't have a life.

mgt87
mgt87

UGA runs this state!

SkipMartin
SkipMartin

From unreliable source. After posing with Scarlet and Brett look a likes, when told by weather girl storm bearing down on Atlanta, governor says "frankly my dear, I don't give a damn"

SkipMartin
SkipMartin

I tell my California liberal brother to quit getting his news from the comedy channel because they are looking for laughs so they leave some of the facts out. Ok to make jokes about what went on here this week. Pretty bizarre.

FarTrain
FarTrain

I get the same feeling every time I see or hear John Stewart as I do when I see Anthony Weiner or Roser O'donnell.  I get nauseated and feel like I am going to throw up.  I try to avoid then at all costs.

Gensherman
Gensherman

For any of you that don't watch the Daily Show, you should. They do a great job of calling out politicians on saying things that contradict earlier statements (or actions) they have made. Frankly, they do a better job of covering news than Fox, CNN or MSNBC. Oh, and while there were many reasons that Atlanta traffic locked up in the snow storm which were not addressed in this short report, it was nevertheless hilarious.

armygirl1974
armygirl1974

tried to put a comment in Nathan Deals email, not accepting emails,  ok  you suck

Planter1
Planter1

The headlines should be:


"A BAD DEAL IN GEORGIA REED ABOUT IT IN THE AJC "

Hemmorid_Sufferer_2
Hemmorid_Sufferer_2

It's sad so few of you do not have a sense of humor. It's common knowledge that snow always has adverse affects in this region. The same people complaining about the treatment this city has received are the same ones who have told snow related jokes before this last episode. 


So what someone makes fun of this. There are far worse things that could happen. Get over it. 

FJ10
FJ10

He is such a hack.  Waiting until people say and/or do something stupid (which happens hourly in this world) and then make sarcastic smart aleck comments and passing that off as humorous show takes very little work or intelligence.  Typical Stewart bit  - Soundbite of someone/politician making a moronic statement, cut to Stewart pausing and making a dramatic face, followed by something along the lines of "Realllllllyyy??" Alow the audience and crew to yak it up Cut to another facial expression.  Then quick succinct insult.  Yeah he's a real talent.

TallaDawg
TallaDawg

@jmc1007 - What kind of world allows employees to tell their employers when they will be at work?  Not this world. In my 30+ years of working, I have worked for government and in the private sector (mostly private sector) and in NONE of my jobs have I been able to tell my employer when I would be at work.

Also, "red" states receive more government largess than "blue" states (net takers vs net payors).

booful98
booful98

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I didn't even listen, but I don't see what could possibly be funny about children being stuck in buses and schools and people having to spend the night in their cars. WOuld you make fun of Katrina victims because they are too stupid to get out of an incoming hurricane?

This is in BAD taste.

Hbilly
Hbilly

"Being the Yankees that they are"? Try "native Atlantan whose family's been in Decatur since about 1800". People born here can laugh at themselves. Didn't you notice that when you moved here from NYC? :)

DanJohn
DanJohn

There's plenty of blame to go around but in reality it's hard to prepare for freezing rain/ice. Employees, employers, schools should have shut down earlier but that's hindsight in the wake of what transpired. I think the greater issue is that Atlanta will not get a Super Bowl now even with a new stadium. The response, blame has to be shared by everyone. Especially those who waited until the last minute or was forced to wait until the last minute to get home. It's hard to salt or sand roads when there congested with traffic!  

Chilidog
Chilidog

He should have made fun of how defensive Atlantans get when they're poked fun at. Come on folks, the show makes fun of everybody. "Oh yeah? Well, Northerners, they um, they're stupid"

metitotktodd
metitotktodd

Republicans down here love limited government.  Well that's exactly what we got during the snow, limited government.  We get the government we deserve down here for not wanting to pay taxes and hindering the government's ability to even provide basic services, such as education or road treatment.  It's embarrassing to live down here and see people slam government all the time.  Government should be the solution, not the problem.  But down here, screw that. It's every man for himself, screw everyone else.

Bill72
Bill72

Your point, Rodney? 

Bill72
Bill72

@Joe-T  You have a mullet and you can't spell.  Who's the "looser"? 

FarTrain
FarTrain

@booful98   Stewart defines the words "bad taste".  His usage of the F word shows his lack of intelligence.

ND#1
ND#1

@booful98  
Maybe you SHOULD listen to it before commenting. The only thing he made fun of about the actual people trapped in the storm was a comment about Atlantans distaste for car pooling and that is fully warranted. 

He made fun of the fact that Georgia could not handle 2 inches of snow. It doesn't matter HOW you handle it, by either having enough equipment or having a very good response plan in place if you don't have the equipment. Atlanta Metro area obviously does not have either. 


He made fun of the fact that Deal was claiming we had no warning and then Stewart showed clips of local and national weathermen giving their forecasts which SHOWED the storm. He made fun of the fact that those broadcasts were coming from THE WEATHER CHANNEL which is in ATLANTA. 

Completely warranted satire. Maybe the sting will get something accomplished because if not, we can kiss a whole lot of commerce goodbye and the general public will be in danger again next time it snows. 

LevelMarc
LevelMarc

@metitotktodd Funny that Reid, isn't accepting blame, and is the Democratic mayor.  That Reid made it to a TV interview OTP in a convoy of cars with police riding shot gun using the emergency lane RIGHT AT 5 O'CLOCK and Deal did his interviews from his office.

Pizza
Pizza

I didn't see that part ( "Makin fun of babys dyeing" ).  What I saw was exposure of "leaders" ( if I can use that expression ) who don't have a clue.  As a Yankee, I looked out the window, Tuesday afternoon, and realized you'd be crazy to jump in that traffic to go 25 miles home.  Yeah, I can drive in snow . . . . but the other guy ?  Spent the night in the office and, not surprisingly, was at work Wednesday morning.

School should have been cancelled Tuesday, but the administration didn't want to take the "heat" in case there was no storm.  A state of emergency should have been declared to keep traffic off the roads so salt and sand could be applied to make an attempt to clear the hazard.  This isn't 20/20 hindsight, this happens every time.

FJ10
FJ10

@MummyHead @FJ10  Not hardly Head.  He could be taking about Pelosi or Romney for all I care.  He's a hack.   

LevelMarc
LevelMarc

@ND#1 @booful98Out of 10 of these warning, maybe and that's a big maybe, 2 to 3 come to fruition.  Also I've seen the same conditions as we had Tuesday and there was no accumulation of snow on the roads. none!  IT WASN"T THE SNOW it was the layer of ice that formed first that was the problem.

Metro Atlanta encompasses 26 counties, one of the largest in the country and none of it's flat.  There are lots of long grades that make driving on snow and ice difficult to impossible for almost anyone.

If you want to make fun of us, make fun of the fact that our drivers are terrible.  That we made the decision to have the longest commutes in the country.  Those are fair game and contributing factors just like the other 2 points.

booful98
booful98

@ND#1 @booful98I have been saying for over a decade that the excuse "snow here is rare" no longer cuts it. Yes, it is rare. But not rare enough (isn't it averaging once a year by now?). And at this point Metro Atlanta is a LARGE city that is a nexus of transportation. Not just the airport, but thousands of trucks come through here. We also have corporations that employe millions of people here that come from all over the country. Considering the economic impact that shutting down the city for a week can have, it is a DISGRACE that we do not have the resources to address it.

Having said that, I am not a point (and I doubt I ever will be) where any of this is funny. The Governor behaved like the good ole boy that he is. The Mayor came out looking just retarded (yes, I know that word is offensive, I don't care). We became the laughing stock of the whole nation (the world? My grandma in Argentina read about it in the local newspaper!). And that is NOT FUNNY.

I am STILL mad at the fact that I sat in traffic for 6 hrs. I am still mad that my middle schooler was MIA for 3 hours and I had no idea if he was on a bus, at school, or stuck in a ditch somewhere. And yes he has a phone, we could not get through to each other.

There's nothing funny about this. It is SAD.

Pizza
Pizza

Doesn't take a GENIUS, but it may look like that from where you sit.

Pizza
Pizza

That's why I'm going home.  ( Where it actually snows. This was a big disappointment; present company included. )

ND#1
ND#1

@booful98 @ND#1  


My "commute" was over 12 hours and then I had to bail and leave my car on Holcomb Bridge and walk to a friend's house three miles away. My wife and child spent the night in the school she teaches at because she would not leave while any of her kids were still there, even though that meant MY wife and child were stuck away from home. 

So, no. I don't find any of that funny. And like I said, you should watch it because the stuff he poked fun at is dead on. Its an editorial piece that needed to be said, he just says it in a hilarious way. 

If you watch his show, he goes after government ineptitude on a regular basis. To say this didn't qualify and should not have been part of his show is not correct IMO. 

Jon Steward didn't make Metro Atlanta look like fools to the world, our leadership did.