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The pair have become as much media critics as they are political satirists, sifting through the vast beaches of cable news and finding the ridiculous gems of punditry on a nightly basis. Stewart on Monday featured a segment highlighting some of the best elections predictions — all consequence-free — from talking heads on both sides of the aisle.
Democrat-affiliated pundits said President Obama will win big, GOP-aligned talkers gave a huge victory prediction to Mitt Romney, and some wishy-washy straggles said it was too close (or impossible) to call. But whatever happens, Stewart makes clear that there will be no consequences for pundits; they operate, he says, in an even softer version of a childhood game.
Meanwhile, Colbert took the media to task for its seeming desire to see a razor-thin, toss-up election — whether that’s in line with reality or not. Most recently, that desire has led to a backlash against NY Times statistician Nate Silver, who has projected a likely Obama win.
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