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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The Judith Miller Interview

When Stewart brought on former New York Times journalist Judith Miller earlier this year, he clearly knew what he felt about her role in the Iraq War, which he calls, "the most devastating mistake in foreign policy that we’ve made in 100 years." For an extended 22 minutes, he attacked the influential stories Miller produced in the days and months leading to the preemptive military action — her inaccurate sources, her lazy reporting and most importantly her interest in pushing a narrative about Saddam Hussein acquiring nuclear weapons. One particularly telling moment finds the former journalist justifying her actions with a fear she insists everyone should have felt; Stewart replies, "A reporter's job is not to be frightened." Though Miller budges not an inch, and Stewart confesses to feeling "incredibly sad" about the "institutional failure" the fiasco indicates, this segment once again drew attention to how a member of the Fourth Estate became a cog in the war machine. ML

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