With the planned departure of Jon Stewart from his Emmy-winning Comedy Central show, liberals have no major personality to anoint as "the intellectual prop of the activist left," Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera said on Friday.
"People have abandoned the liberal network," Rivera told Bill O'Reilly
on his Fox program. "This is a huge blow to the left.
"There is no doubt that Jon Stewart and with Stephen Colbert as his co-pilot were the intellectual prop of the activist left — of the progressive left that could reach out and challenge someone like you," he told O'Reilly.
"Now, there's no one," Rivera continued. "I think Rachel Maddow is the only one left, and she is severely diminished from her status of a couple of years ago."
Comedy Central said Tuesday that Stewart was quitting his "The Daily Show" program after 19 years. The popular fake-news show has won 15 Emmys.
No departure date
The following day, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out an email blast
soliciting names to add to its e-card for Stewart to "thank him for 16 incredible years." The goal was to reach "100,000 fans in the next 24 hours."
For nine years, Colbert played a dim-witted, faux conservative commentator on his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report," which also won several Emmys. He takes over the "Late Show"
on CBS in September when David Letterman retires as host after 30 years.
Maddow hosts a weeknight news-commentary program on MSNBC — and ratings for the CNBC sister cable network have steadily nosedived
since last year.
Rivera told O'Reilly that the departures of Stewart and Colbert, with no obvious heirs apparent, highlighted bigger troubles among liberals.
"The problem with the left is that they think they are the smartest ones in the room," he said. "They should never anoint anyone.
"Conservatives buy books written by conservatives, but liberals don't buy books by other liberals," he added. "They say: 'I know that already. I'm as smart as that person. I should be the center of attention'
"There is this kind of ego: 'I'm right, you're wrong.'"
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