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Jon Stewart made a mighty effort to keep a straight face while aping the
inflections of Glenn Beck. At that, he only somewhat succeeded. But he did get his take on the Fox News host across loud and clear: he makes no sense at all. Last week, Glenn Beck
devoted three days of coverage to a diatribe against
liberal billionaire George Soros, calling him a
"puppet master" tied to discord and political revolutions worldwide (more on that here and here). When Beck trotted out actual marionettes to make his point, it was clear a Daily Show segment was soon to come.
True to form, Stewart donned Beck-like glasses and surrounded
himself with cluttered blackboards to lampoon the incident. He juxtaposed George Soros's influence with
Rupert Murdoch's to argue that Beck, in fact, is a "puppet sent by
George Soros to discredit Rupert Murdoch" and destroy Fox News.
Convoluted conspiracy theories aside, there's some truly amusing mock
puppet-work performed throughout the show. (The bulk of the Beck impersonation takes place in Part II: "The Manchurian Lunatic.")
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