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

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Indecision 2000

Remember the WTF shitstorm of the 2000 Presidential election? The Nader scapegoating, the hanging chads, that damned recount? Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert compared it to the JFK vs. Nixon election of 1960; when Stewart asked if that meant one of the candidates would lead us back to Camelot, the reporter corrected him. "I'm getting more of a 'Nam vibe...you know, unwinnable wars, inescable downward spiral, chaos in the streets. That sort of thing." While the rest of the media spun itself out of control, Stewart and the TDS crew proved they could cut through the white-noise chatter and channel the did-we-just-get-screwed-here vibe that a lot of people felt. It was the first time the show proved it was capable being a satirical juggernaut and could beat the mainstream pundits at their own game. Not for nothing did this months-long coverage net them a Peabody. DF