Early in Jon Stewart‘s 16-year tenure as Daily Show host, he demurred his own journalistic credentials, asserting that he was first and foremost a comedian (on Crossfire in 2004, he indelibly responded to Tucker Carlson’s critique of his John Kerry interview thusly: “You’re on CNN.
But soon Stewart was forced to acknowledge that his news judgement meant a lot to the culture—like when The New York Times posited in a 2008 headline, “Is Jon Stewart The Most Trusted Man in America?” and he placed first in a 2009 Time poll that asked, “Now that Walter Cronkite has passed on, who is America’s most trusted newscaster?” Eventually, dispatches from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart began to impact public policy (examples: the James Zadroga 9/11 Compensation Act, a suppressive voter ID law in North Carolina was ruled unconstitutional).
“I spend the whole day yelling about Trump to the animals.” Colbert obliged by offering him a seat, a pen and some blue paper, and Stewart was back to scribbling like old times.
Stewart then called up clips of Trump fabricating the precedence set by his electoral college victory and the US murder rate, and another where he dismisses a reporter from the Jewish publication Ami Magazine for not asking “a very simple easy question” before bragging, “I am the least anti-semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.” To Colbert’s theory that Trump might not be lying intentionally, Stewart sputtered to get his words out: “He’s lying on purpose!…He constantly says the phrase, ‘Believe me.’ Nobody says ‘believe me’ unless they are lying,” which garnered huge applause.
Curb.” The break-up was easy to foresee, according to Stewart.