Jon Stewart demonstrated the short life cycle of a campaign gaffe during Monday night’s episode of The Daily Show, showing that in a permanently plugged-in world, a single phrase can turn into a full-fledged attack ad in a single day.
During a press conference last week, President Barack Obama launched the cycle with his comment that the “private sector is doing fine.” Within two hours, the Republican National Convention released an attack ad using Obama’s words against him.
Cycling through clip after clip of cable news pundits, all discussing the staying power of Obama’s political misstep, Stewart shows how the gaffe turned into a news cycle, until Obama retracted the remarks just four hours later.
After Obama’s retraction, what’s left?
Stewart explains: “All that remains is the bloody gaffe carcass, to be picked over by our nation’s most esteemed gaffe-stronomists.”
But by that time, GOP candidate Mitt Romney had made a gaffe of his own, during a speech attacking Obama’s gaffe. And so, the cycle starts again.
Watch the clip below, courtesy of The Daily Show:
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