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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Addressing 9/11

Stewart goal when he addressed his audience nine days after the attacks on 9/11/01, after most anchors and analysts have had their say, wasn't to best his peers in the media: "It's another entertainment show beginning with an overwrought speech of a shaken host. And television is nothing if not redundant." Rather, he was just trying to get through the eight minutes of his opening monologue without breaking into tears, which he barely managed to do. Stewart lauds the humanity he already sees in the rebuilding effort while damning the "chaos" of those that perpetrated the violence. It's mournful and hopeful, not at all funny, and stood as a example to follow at a time New Yorkers and Americans in general felt understandably lost. After noting that he could see the World Trade Center from his house, he concluded, "You know what the view is now? The Statue of Liberty. The view from the south of Manhattan is now the Statue of Liberty. You can’t beat that." ML

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