Has Jon Stewart, comedy newscaster, become the greatest investigative journalist of our generation?
It’s a serious question. In between jokes, he asks serious and probing questions that get to the core of issues and uncover unique aspects of news stories. He’s come a long way from the pointless and unfunny “Jon Stewart Show,” and even since the Bush-bashing days of “The Daily Show.”
Perhaps making jokes about a Republican president is too easy. You show an awkward clip and say he’s dumb. But, that tactic would seem “mean” if used to write Obama jokes… So, Stewart and his writing team have had to work hard and research the issues to come up with good material. And guess what? They’re good at it.
If only the “real” newscasters would learn from The Daily Show’s example.