Jon Stewart's announcement that his last night on the Daily Show will be August 6 has started a mourning process. He's seemed so incredibly perfect for the show and engaged a young audience into caring about current events. There are never any sacred cows, forbidden topics, and ridicule was dispensed where it was deserved.
Everything was up for grabs - and satire. Things that seemed so baffling at the hands of most journalists, like campaign finance, were easily and brilliantly presented. The Daily Show ended up doing the job that "real" journalists in traditional media have increasingly ignored.
The sad announcement:
His snark filled "fake news program" was more the real deal than most of what we received from traditional media sources. I'm not sure I could have survived 8 years of President Cheney without The Daily Show bringing me a smile amidst all those tears.
Often, no words were needed. Just seeing his reaction to the ridiculous said more than volumes of words ever could.
Here's Jon on Ferguson focusing on the Fox (not) News coverage:
Brilliant! And there's much more below the cheese curl.
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