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Why I'll Miss Jon Stewart

Published by Huffington Post on Mon, 10 Aug 2015

My dream job would be to work as a writer for The Daily Show. Being able to watch the news, analyze it, and write jokes about it seemed like the perfect job. Since I was not old enough to apply for a summer internship, I thought I would just wait and apply after my junior year. Then Jon Stewart announced he was leaving the show. Ever since I can remember, Jon Stewart was a comical voice of reason. From politics to pop culture, he provided his unique perspective on the world that both educated and entertained. I remember talking with my mom about attending the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear in 2010, eventually we decided not to go because I would have had to miss school. In any event, The Daily Show and the Colbert Report were both significant parts of my childhood. Since my mom was a journalist, I watched the news growing up every day. I remember watching Good Morning America before school and then World News Tonight over dinner. Between ABC and the CNN, I grew up with the news. But I also grew up with a healthy dose of satire news from Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and most recently John Oliver. Combine numerous forms of media with polarizing politics and you have a very confusing setting. Jon Stewart and "The Best F*cking News Team" delivered a clear, concise report about the notable events of the day in a way that was humorous and informative. As Don Aucoin of the Boston Globe writes: "What Walter Cronkite was to an earlier generation -- an utterly trusted voice -- Stewart has been to millennials." As much as I appreciate the work of the anchors I regularly watch - Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, and George Stephanopoulos - Jon Stewart is just as much a newscaster as any of them. As he reminded us, it is "fake news" it was just a real and informative as other news sources. By taking large issues and scaling them down into digestible short clips, Stewart was able to educate a generation about the world around them without sugarcoating the seriousness of issues. While his distaste for Fox News aka "Bullsh*t Mountain" points to his liberal views, he showed the ludicrous nature of the political climate. In his final address, Stewart told viewers to stay alert: "The best defense against bullsh*t is vigilance. If you smell something, say something." Now, in usual Stewart form, he said it with his trademark smirk, but there is a lesson to be learned from his statement. As Vanity Fair points out, The Daily Show taught millennials how to think. By pointing out the fallacies of our world, Stewart taught viewers how to look past the media bias and spin and see the true nature of a situation. What I will also miss about Jon Stewart was he also knew when it was time to stop the jokes and be serious. In the wake of events such as 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Charleston Shootings, Jon paused and reflected on this events in a compassionate way that conveyed the feelings of a nation. Jon Stewart had a tremendous impact on the world and has launched the careers of many notable comedians such as Stephen Colbert, Jon Oliver, and Steve Carell. For now, we can watch Last Week Tonight and watch clips from The Daily Show on YouTube until it sinks in that Jon Stewart is not coming back. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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