As ‘Daily Show’ turns 15 years old, Jon Stewart’s best media criticism moments

The longest-running show on Comedy Central debuted July 21, 1996 — 15 years ago this week. Jon Stewart became host of “The Daily Show” in 1999, and has been commenting on the media ever since. Stewart, who has often been compared to broadcast news icon Edward R. Murrow, insists he is not a journalist but holds accountable those who are. Stewart and his staff are serious about media criticism, as they told Mallary Tenore in 2009. Here are highlights of the show’s media criticism through the years.

2011: Stewart appears on “Fox News Sunday” and on “The O’Reilly Factor.” (He also appeared on the show in 2010.) Stewart has often criticized Fox, starting in 2002, when he told Howard Kurtz on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” “It’s clearly meant to be more ideological and more opinion-based.”

2009: Jon Stewart mocks The New York Times over the years, most famously in this segment filmed at the paper:

Also in 2009, Jon Stewart takes on CNBC, Jim Cramer over financial crisis coverage.

“I understand you want to make finance entertaining, but it’s not a f-ing game. When I watch that, I can’t tell you how angry that makes me.”

2004: Jon Stewart takes on Tucker Carlson about “Crossfire,” which was canceled a few months later.

STEWART: You know, the interesting thing I have is, you have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably.
CARLSON: You need to get a job at a journalism school, I think.
STEWART: You need to go to one.

2004: Jon Stewart takes on Robert Novak about his role in leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name. Novak died in 2009.

“He leaked a CIA source for punitive reasons – for ugly, partisan purposes.”

We have made it easy to comment on posts, however we require civility and encourage full names to that end (first initial, last name is OK). Please read our guidelines here before commenting.

  • Anonymous


  • Nguyen Phuc

    Applications, Games, Themes, RingTone, Wallpapers Downloads and Latest Updates on Nokia and Symbian^3 Smart Phones including Nokia C6-01, Nokia C7, Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia E6 and Nokia X7, GPS Tracking Tools for Nokia – All Free

  • Anonymous

    The brand of Nike is famous in the word. But its price is very high. We are also  wholesale Nike shoes. Now in our shop have a sale promotion activity. You can use a lower price to buy a pair of Nike shoes.