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Jon Stewart's Comedic Take on News Resonated With Fans

By    |   Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:38 PM

In the wake of Jon Stewart's announcement that he will leave "The Daily Show" later this year, support and well-wishes for the satirical newsman are pouring in.

Paul Begala, however, who worked in the Bill Clinton administration and later served as a co-host on CNN's "Crossfire," appeared to jokingly plead for Stewart to keep his job at the Comedy Central show.
Begala's comment of "That would truly hurt America" was in reference to a 2004 appearance Stewart made on "Crossfire." During the interview, Stewart blasted the show and called it "bad," then asked the hosts — Begala and conservative commentator Tucker Carlson — to "stop hurting America." He also called them "partisan hacks."

"What you do is partisan hackery," Stewart told the hosts.

Carlson and Stewart threw verbal jabs at each other after that, with Carlson saying, "I think you're a good comedian but your lectures are boring."

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The appearance resonated with viewers and the bosses at CNN. The network canceled the show a few months later.

Stewart's bosses at Comedy Central, meanwhile, tweeted their dismay Tuesday night at his decision to step down. Stewart has sat behind the desk at the show for nearly 17 years, and the program has earned 19 Emmys.
David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, was a guest on "The Daily Show" Tuesday night when Stewart made his announcement.
Other celebrities took to Stewart's fake news style in tweeting their support and sadness.
Others showed their support in more straightforward ways.
Robert Lichter, who serves as director of the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University and is the author of "Politics Is a Joke: How TV Comedians Are Remaking Political Life," spoke with Politico about Stewart and his impact on news.

"Basically what he did is to turn news into comedy, and comedy into news. By making fun of the news he created his own news. He expanded the intersection of news and entertainment," Lichter told Politico.

"He expanded the notion of infotainment. Infotainment used to mean low status entertainment impinging on high status news. But now he's often viewed as the figure of integrity and journalists as those who have let the public down.

"It's appropriate I think, his last show before the announcement, led with a send-up of Brian Williams — not just Brian Williams, but also the reporters beating up on him.

"In general he is a journalist," Lichter said. "He is a journalist with tongue-in-cheek but a journalist nonetheless. But he's doing journalism."

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