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 2004

American presidential elections prove the juiciest and most rewarding stretches of time for TDS, and in 2004, Stewart and his team matched their pitch perfectly with Howard Dean's yelps and Zell Miller's rants. The foibles and the fuck-ups were highlights, sure, but after 9/11 and George W. Bush's Iraq War, Stewart was keen to peer at the appeals candidates used to push voters' buttons that cable networks glossed over. Beginning with the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Stewart zoomed in on the Bush team's fearmongering, Kerry's wooden appeals to the disenchanted, and the ultimately painful similarities between the two. With correspondents Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell still on board and the rest of the Best F#@king News Team Ever in rare form, there's a reason the show won another Peabody for its Indecision coverage. ML

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