On January 1, Colorado joined Washington State in legalizing recreational marijuana. The law's roll-out has not gone without its fair share of scrutiny from conservative voices, most notably Bill O'Reilly of Fox News who became the subject of comedian Jon Stewart's mockery Tuesday night.
In a segment titled, "Burn Notice", Stewart began with a clip of Bill O'Reilly saying the following:
If you use any intoxicating agents, your goal is to leave reality. You are not satisfied with your current state of mind. You want to get high, blasted, whatever....Some adults can handle that, some cannot. It's literally 'Russian Roulette'.
The clip cut, and Stewart responded by mocking the 2nd Amendment:
Literally? What are you talking about literally? I think the only difference between a bong hit and pointing a loaded gun at your own skull is that the gun can kill you instantly and must never be criminalized or restricted in any way ever...ever!
The puppet-audience cheered uproariously. In gun control debates, the left typically uses drug laws as a red-herring, but they are two separate issues and do not warrant being used in the same context.
Stewart later scolded Bill O'Reilly for highlighting the teen addiction to text messaging. In Fox News clip, O'Reilly stated:
Combine the drug aspect with the internet. According to the report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, 75% of 12-17 year olds in the U.S. have cell phones and virtually all of them text...
...In China, they teach kids to compete, to be disciplined, to live in the real world, not here.
Why can't America be more like the People's Republic of China? And while the truth is the Chinese use text messaging more than anybody else in the world, I guess the thought behind this is...you could keep kids from texting so much by restricting the size of their families through central planning.
The segment concluded with Stewart relaying a clip of O'Reilly debating with a drug policy expert on whether or not he believes texting is an addiction among children. The drug policy expert disagreed, saying he did not believe texting to be an addiction. To offer a counter-perspective, O'Reilly brought on a psychiatrist who said:
Texting, the incessant use of Facebook, the use of marijuana now...
Even the people who can identify this as a huge problem are using texting. It deposits them in a virtual world where their feelings don't need to have integrity. Where their intentions can be the same as a pot smokers -- non-motivational -- looking for the next high.
The clip cut, and Stewart showed his level of class and intelligence by calling the psychiatrist a "f*ck*ing idiot".