Comedian Jon Stewart received a spate of accolades on Twitter on Friday after releasing a trailer for the new season of his talk show that glimpsed an interview with Republican Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
In the six-minute video Written by The problem with Jon Stewart, Rutledge is grilled by Stewart over her state’s ban on gender-affirming care, which the talk show host says “overrides” guidelines set by healthcare professionals.
At the beginning of the clip, Rutledge claims that the state law was based on several doctors testifying before the Arkansas Legislature that “98 percent of young people” suffer from gender dysphoria and that “they are able to get over it” once they do “to have”. the help they need.”
“Wow,” says Stewart in response to Rutledge’s data point. “This is an incredibly fictional character.”
“This does not align with the studies or documentation that exists from these medical organizations,” Stewart continued.
The interview will be featured in the hour-long premiere of Season 2 and will be available to stream on AppleTV+ starting Friday.
Several journalists praised Stewart for his preparation for the interview, including the CBC News producer Terry Reithwho said Stewart “shows us all how it’s done”.
“Go into an interview prepared, do your research, and deliver your points,” Reith continued. “If I ever teach a course on interview techniques, this will be Exhibit A.”
Emmy-nominated editor and photojournalist Anthony D’Agostino also posted the video on Twitter, praising Stewart for his “great interviews.”
“Don’t give in and confront her with her stats that she had no reference for,” added D’Agostino.
Daily Beast columnist and author Wajahat Ali listed three reasons users praised Stewart’s interview: “He was prepared, he challenged their lies with facts, [and] he did follow-ups.”
“This is basic political journalism,” Ali wrote. “The fact that it’s seen as a breath of fresh air shows everything that’s broken with access journalism.”
However, other users were critical of Stewart, including the former Tennessee congressional candidate Robbie Starbuckwho said that Stewart wasn’t “trying to really understand the mass resistance to hormones in children.”
“I challenge you to interview a real expert: someone who’s made the transition,” Starbuck added. “They will tear up all your flimsy arguments.”
Canadian columnist and author Debra Soh also responded to the interview, writing that “allowing children to transition is unscientific”.
“Activists have misled the public into believing otherwise,” Soh said.
Marketing Professor at Concordia University in Canada Gad Saad posted several tweets in response to the interview, adding that “no sane and sane person disagrees with the idea that trans people deserve to live free from institutional bigotry.”
“But in the service of this worthy cause, we should not murder and rape the truth,” Saad wrote. “No, men don’t menstruate.”
Rutledge campaigned for the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act in Arkansas, which denies anyone under the age of 18 access to gender-affirming treatment. According to a report by The hill, the act was blocked last year after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit. This summer, a federal appeals court upheld the verdict.
That Arkansas timeshowever, reported Friday that Rutledge has asked the US 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decision.
news week has reached out to Rutledge for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/jon-stewarts-takedown-arkansas-ag-transgender-rights-hailed-1750076 Jon Stewart’s takedown of Arkansas AG on transgender rights has been hailed