The Only Honest Name In News: Jon Stewart Leaving the Daily Show

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The news that Jon Stewart will retire later this year from The Daily Show after 16 mostly brilliant years of fake news has been greeted on social media with a collective Noooooo!, or in the words of one tweet, "I regret to inform you that we are unable to accept your resignation at this time. Sincerely, Literally Everyone." Colbert, then Moyers, now this. Stewart was celebrated for sharply, consistently, often hilariously "calling out the big guys," as well as knowing when, confronted with the world's events, he just couldn't or shouldn't try to be funny. The same night the news broke, Stewart took on the hypocrisy surrounding the Brian Williams debacle with his usual acumen, regretfully concluding Williams was a victim of "infotainment confusion syndrome." Above all, he happily noted, “Finally, someone is being held to account for misleading America about the Iraq war."

“It might not necessarily be the first person you’d want held accountable on that list. But never again will Brian Williams mislead this great nation about being shot at in a war we probably wouldn’t have ended up in if the media had applied this level of scrutiny to the actual f*cking war.”

 

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