In 2004, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” the popular Comedy Central program that lampoons news broadcasts, beat out traditional news shows to win the Television Critics Association’s honor for outstanding news and information programming. “The Daily Show” has been cited as an alternative source of news for a growing number of young people. In October, Stewart engaged in a widely discussed on-air verbal sparring match with the hosts of CNN’s “Crossfire” over journalism ethics.
Many readers submitted comments for posting on I WANT MEDIA. Eric Alterman, the media columnist for The Nation, said of Stewart: “Literally no one upheld the honor better of what remains of the media than did this ‘fake news’ comedian. He is our leader. How pathetic is that?”