While most people know Jon Stewart as the longtime (and soon-to-be retired) host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, he’s actually a highly intelligent individual who turned a comedy show into a go-to program for news and information for an entire generation of Americans. He’s every bit as important to how millions of Americans get information as many of those he’s spent years mocking and poking fun of on “real” news networks. In fact, he’s probably one of the most influential people in the media – period.
That’s a big reason why I hate to see him go. I’m still not sure he realizes just how much of an impact he’s made to make this country better.
Well, the big story a couple of days ago was apparently some meeting where President Obama had “summoned” Stewart to the White House. By many in the media, especially Fox News and Politico, it was played up as some “secret” meeting. Of course, it’s not a “secret” meeting just because nobody reports on it happening when it happened.
“Something is not a secret just because you don’t know about it,” Stewart said.
“It was a roundtable meeting with the President, Elvis, still alive, Minister Farrakhan, and the Area 51 alien,” he mocked. “We opened with the traditional Saul Alinsky prayer, sucked on the blood of the righteous, and took turns f*cking a replica of the Reagan eye socket. The real Reagan eye socket is kept in the Smithsonian and is only f*cked on Christmas.”
Stewart then went on to explain that his meeting with the president went much like his interviews on The Daily Show go, with both gentlemen going back and forth about any number of issues.
Though he did admit that some “powerful people” have approached him in the past, at one point alluding specifically to Roger Ailes, the president of Fox News.
“In fact, in my entire tenure here of being yelled at by some very influential and powerful individuals, and Billy Joel, only with one of those people has a phone call ever ended with, ‘This conversation never happened, and if you say it did, I’ll deny it.’ And it wasn’t the f*cking president,’” Stewart quipped, clearly “hinting” that the person who said that was Mr. Ailes.
This was the definition of a non-story. Nothing nefarious went on and Stewart clearly didn’t mention it before because it was such a non-issue that he didn’t even think it was worth talking about.
In my opinion, every president and politician should want advice from intelligent people, especially somebody like Stewart. He reaches a demographic that’s often very difficult to reach, let alone get to vote in high numbers – younger Americans. He changed how many Americans get their news. Not only that, but he knows what he’s talking about. While conservatives clearly think he’s nothing but a “liberal hack,” he’s torn into Democrats (and President Obama) quite often.
I can’t believe we’re only a week away from Stewart’s last day as host of The Daily Show. While I have confidence that Trevor Noah will do a fine job as host, no one will be able to replace Jon Stewart.
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