USA Today has a profile of Jon Stewart, except that Stewart refused to be interview, fearing he’s getting overexposed. Point well taken. But his impact is clear.
The accolades are as ubiquitous as he is. Stewart’s effectiveness as a political humorist is akin to Will Rogers “and probably two or three others in the last 100 years,” says Darryl Paulson, a political scientist at the University of South Florida.
“There have been days when I see what they’ve done and I say, ‘Wow, he’s the best media critic I know,’ ” says Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism. This year, the Television Critics Association gave Stewart’s show, a five-time Emmy winner, its award for best news and information program. And this from Tom Brokaw: “He sees that the emperor has no clothes, and some of the mainstream media don’t have the same 20/20 vision.” Watching his show is “a little like watching Seinfeld. You just can’t get enough.”
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