The Daily Show

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The Daily Show (its current incarnation is called The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) is a satirical fake news program first aired in 1996 which airs on cable network Comedy Central. The show's news team presents, "news like you've never seen it before -- unburdened by objectivity, journalistic integrity or expensive graphics."[1] The Daily Show was created by Lizz Winstead and Madeleine Smithberg in 1996, hosted by Craig Kilborn until 1999 when Jon Stewart took over the anchor's chair.[1] The show has been recognized with a Peabody Award and nine Emmys.[2][1]

Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

Jon Stewart, a liberal, is currently the host of The Daily Show. In the past he often satirized George W. Bush, the war in Iraq, Congress, and American foreign policy.[3] Stewart will display video clips, sound bites, and news stories in which Republicans and other conservative politicians are made to look silly, using clips which are often edited or taken out of context so that they appear to be contradicting themselves. The sound bites of clips are typically edited to make Senate speeches appear ridiculous. However, due to Stewart's political values, he has typically provided an easy ride to President Obama and most other liberals.

Jon's interviews have ranged from semi-serious policy discussions, with Barack Obama and John Kerry, to comedic conversations with comedians like Don Rickles and Steve Martin, to verbal "smack-downs" of those in the media such as Jim Cramer and Chris Matthews.[4] Stewart occasionally analyzes upcoming or newly released books with their respective authors.[1]


A study found that "Nearly half of high school students say they also get news and information from entertainment programs like The Daily Show and others at least once a week."[5]


The comedians can be seen as showing a liberal bias while performing their "news" stories. The segments are usually aimed at poking fun at and satirizing the political parties in power. Thus, Stewart began by mocking Republicans, but now makes fun of Democrats, as well as other topics in the news. Some argue that he demeans conservative positions, such as the Right to Bear Arms and the Pro-Life Movement, or Christianity.[6] One former segment in particular, "This Week In God", satirizes religious values while mocking God.[7][8] During the episode aired June 27, 2007, Lewis Black compared Conservapedia's "Homosexuality" article to Wikipedia's, sarcastically describing it as "way more interesting," mainly because Conservapedia's article described it far more graphically. In their coverage of the 2008 U.S. presidential election, most of the guests have been liberal, such as former president Bill Clinton, future first lady Michelle Obama and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

When Stewart interviews his correspondents about an issue taking place at a certain place, it is often obviously done in the studio with props such as fake animals. The setting is also sometimes surreal, such as in the future.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Comedy Central's The Daily Show. About the show
  2. IMDb - Awards for The Daily Show [1]
  3. Jon Stewart Mocks Bush’s Claims on Diplomacy, July 11, 2006.
  4. Comedy Central. CNBC's Jim Cramer Responds to Jon Stewart's Response to CNBC's Jim Cramer, March 10, 2009.
  5. Teens Tune In to News on the Internet, September 22, 2006.
  6. Ada Calhoun. 'Daily Show' Billboard Mocks Republicans, August 28, 2008.

External Links

The official The Daily Show with Jon Stewart website