This man is a national treasure and if there were justice in the Universe he would be the highest paid man on television.
To begin with, screw the Oprah-Chopra touchy-feely crap that passes for “TV book clubs” on daytime TV, the most intriguing books I’ve bought or wishlisted due to a TV recommendation routinely come from his show: Freakonomics , The World is Flat, Secrets of the Kingdom and I just added Countdown to Crisis, and this is a COMEDY SHOW!
Stewart not only makes no claims to be a journalist but fiercely protests the title, yet his guests in any given month will include senators from both parties, novelists, alternative musicians, and then whatever actor is plugging a movie. Mark Mills told Stewart on the air that he was the single most informed person he’d ever been interviewed by on the subject of energy resources and asked the most intelligent questions, and again- this guy’s not even a journalist! And he’s on COMEDY CENTRAL interviewing a Reagan Administration energy expert! And being funny!
The man interviewed Zell Miller, a man he admits he agrees with on practically nothing, AND TREATED HIM POLITELY AND LET HIM TALK! That’s unheard of for a “real” journalist these days! He asks real questions to public figures without the need for a “Leno’s Guitar Byotch” sidekick or lame Michael Jackson jokes (if he tells a Jackson joke, it’s not going to be an easy “virgin white-skinned weirdo” joke) and while he has a score of talented writers it’s also clear from his ad-libs and banter that the guy thinks far better on his feet than the combined writing teams of all the other talk shows.
Meanwhile, the “real” journalists are shoving a feeding tube into “Runaway Bride” (and Marty Feldman impersonator) Jennifer Wilbanks, asking the parents of (Alabama teen missing in Aruba) Valerie Holloway “So how did you feel when you heard your daughter was missing?”, getting makeovers, having the same old masturbatory shouting matches in which the Right side is always going to crawl over broken glass to give Bush a handjob while the Left side is always going to claim that anything Bush recommends is a sign of the End Times (have the guys on Crossfire or any of the other “dialogue” shows EVER broken party lines or reached consensus?), and Matt Lauer dons a wedding veil and falsies and lets Tom Fookin’ Cruise make him his bitch on nationwide TV when your average college sophomore Psychology student could have ripped him a new one.
I know that Stewart, Colbert, Cordry, Black, etc., are not journalists, but damned if they aren’t the closest things to it and hysterically funny to boot. I learn more from this show than anything I’ve ever seen on CNN or Faux News, can’t even watch Today Show or primetime news without wanting to hork, and if a Gentile can nominate a Jewish guy for the title of Messiah, please let me know where to send my vote.
Sorry- mundane and pointless, but just had to send another love letter in the hopes that Jon Stewart will read this and one day, when he’s over this “straight phase” he’s going through, he’ll come lift me up where I belong… (fadeout to dream sequence…). He is literally the one reason that I pay for extended cable.