Perhaps no actual journalist has been accorded the kind of public adulation that has preceded this week’s exit of fake newsman Jon Stewart.
New Yorker Editor David Remnick weighed in, deploying elevated language to describe Stewart in terms that would probably make the comedian bristle. Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” spent nearly five minutes on a report examining his impact. The Boston Globe used terms like “brilliant,” “savvy” and “damning” in a retrospective on Stewart’s legacy.
But the praise isn’t just for yuks. By satirizing the news and holding both politicians and journalists to account for their words, Stewart and his staff became incisive traffic cops whenever they spotted hypocrisy, laziness or inanity.
That’s why more such tributes will undoubtably follow before the week is up — including this one, from reporters and faculty members at Poynter. Read more