Rolling Stone's Great Issue On Politics And Television

Rolling Stone's Great Issue On Politics And Television

Despite The Cover, Best Article Concerns David Letterman

Rolling Stone’s issue 1140, cover date September 29, 2011 is a great issue for readers that turn to the magazine for politics and culture at large, instead of articles on music alone.  Although its unlikely the magazine will ever live up to the three decades of Hunter S. Thomson’s gonzo political coverage, this issue contains enlightening and entertaining pieces on the state of the nation courtesy of Jon Stewart and Jeff Goodell.

Jon Stewart’s interview is candid and honest with the iconic comic newsman laughing at himself and opening up about his true opinions on cable news, including how restful he feels when he takes a break from that world of jesters and talking heads.

Jeff Goodell’s “The Environment: Ten Things Obama Must Do” shares a theme with The Daily Show, it’s sincere and funny.  Goodell’s main point seems to be that Obama’s “stealth campaign” against global warming and other environmental issues needs to be outed and openly discussed.  Goodell suggests the President call in the cast of True Blood be called upon for a massive public relations campaign against “energy vampires.”  Goodell suggests conservation become patriotic and sexy, a line of thinking certainly in line with Rolling Stone’s ethos.

The issue is rounded out with a complete and in-depth article on the history of David Letterman’s talk show career and its effect on American culture.  Since Letterman moved from NBC to CBS his Late Night with David Letterman appearances have been locked tightly away.  Rolling Stone calls on an all-star roster of comedians to explain Letterman’s influence including Judd Apatow and Jimmy Kimmel.  For comedy fans and pop culture nuts this article is an indispensable resource for late night TV and comedy history.