Denby Talks Snark with Charlie Rose

New Yorker film critic David Denby appeared on Charlie Rose last night to discuss his new book Snark. Denby spends a large part of the interview trying to define snark for Rose. After which Rose spends a considerable amount of time defending Maureen Dowd (“a friend”) from… well, herself maybe.

From Denby’s show remarks:

“People said to me: ‘How can you attack Maureen Dowd, of the New York Times, for being snarky, and praise Jon Stewart? Isn’t he snarky? Or Keith Olbermann?'”

“My point was that Stewart and Olbermann and Colbert have a political passion. They think that the government should not lie to the people… In Maureen Dowd, who makes fun of people’s appearance and manner and affect, I don’t see any political idea at all of what the government should be doing…”