Thursday, January 19, 2017

But He Played One on TV

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“So Stewart wasn’t an actual news anchor. What his show did with comedy was a kind of journalism nonetheless, using satire and some thorough research of source material to analyze the news and analyze its analysis. Any honest media critic knew that Stewart was doing the job better than the rest of us. His show turned TV’s own tools and language against it to spotlight buffoonery, bad faith, hot air, and hypocrisy. Do the same thing in print and you’re an op-ed columnist. Stewart and company simply managed to do it in a format that people paid attention to.”

—James Poneiwozik, media writer, “Jon Stewart, the Fake Newsman Who Made a Real Difference,” Time, Feb. 10, 2015 

Editorial Comment: I can’t blame him for sitting this one out. His head would have exploded on TV, which would have been sad.

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