10 Times Jon Stewart Outdid Journalism

From Charleston to class warfare and ripping CNN a new one, this was the 'Daily Show' host at his best

Charleston

"I have one pretty simple job," Stewart said at the top of his program on June 18th, 2015. "I look at the news and I write jokes about it...I didn't do my job today." The reason, he claimed, was that the mass shooting that had happened in Charleston, South Carolina, the evening before hadn't really left him in a go-make-the-funny mood. So instead, the host spoke about our society's inability to neither heal nor even acknowledge "the gaping racial wound" that still plagues out country. He spoke of the disparity between dealing with threats from outside and threats in our own backyard. "We invaded two countries," he said, visibly exasperated, to keep Americans safe, but we can't seem to protect nine people in a church. There were a number of what-does-it-all-mean op-ed pieces that ran in the days after the tragedy; Stewart's direct address to his viewers instead asked why a country seems so "steeped in this culture" of hate refuses to recognize it. As with his 9/11 address, he seemed to be working something out in public — but still managed to get at the heart of the matter in a way that precious few had. DF

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