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Wikipedia blackout forces Jon Stewart to turn to news outlets for SOPA information

The Daily Show
Wikipedia's blackout to protest SOPA forced Jon Stewart to learn about the legislation another way: "With Wikipedia down, I had no choice but to turn to a notoriously unreliable source: the news," he said, grimacing. || Related: 8 million people used Wikipedia's tool to look up contact information for their elected officials (Techdirt) | TV news shows spotty about disclosing parent companies' support of SOPA (The New York Times) | SOPA proponents launch TV, radio print ad campaign (Adweek) | Dilbert creator Scott Adams writes, "I have one of the most widely stolen intellectual properties in the history of the world. Emotionally, I'm okay with that. It feels like a compliment. Financially, I have no idea if piracy has hurt me in any meaningful way."
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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. (more...)

Jon Stewart ‘apologizes’ for remark about Fox News viewers

"The Daily Show"
On Tuesday's "Daily Show," Jon Stewart responded to PolitiFact's "False" verdict on his claim that Fox News watchers are "the most consistently misinformed media viewers." Here's an excerpt:
I may have during the ["Fox News Sunday"] interview [with Chris Wallace] mentioned that Fox News viewers are, quote, the most consistently misinformed media viewers ...As it turns out I was misinformed, which should not have been surprising because I watch a lot of Fox News. ... PolitiFact, the nonpartisan fact-checking guy or guys or girl, thoroughly researched my statement and they found that while in two of the surveys Fox News viewers scored the lowest, in other polls they were merely near the bottom. ...

Anyway, ultimately PolitiFact declared my statement false. I defer to their judgment and I apologize for my mistake. To not do so would be irresponsible, and if I were to continue to make such mistakes and misstatements and not correct them - especially if each and every one of those misstatements happened to go in one very particular direction on the political spectrum, well that would undermine the very integrity and credibility that I work so hard to pretend to care about.

Stewart then took a look at PolitiFact's old rulings on Fox News statements; the network didn't do very well. On Tuesday afternoon, PolitiFact wrote about reaction to its ruling on Stewart. "The response from readers was swift and virtually unanimous. They said we were wrong. ...A tiny minority of people who wrote us offered praise for our work."
> Rainey: Wallace bored in on the comedian as if he were a presidential contender
> Stewart blasts sensationalism -- but is that really so bad?

PolitiFact to Jon Stewart: Not true that Fox News viewers are ‘most consistently misinformed’

PolitiFact, the fact-checking operation run by Poynter's St. Petersburg Times, looked into  Jon Stewart's statement to Chris Wallace, “Who has the most consistently misinformed media viewers? Fox. Fox viewers. Consistently. Every poll.” Louis Jacobson writes that three Pew studies "superficially rank" Fox News viewers low in knowledge of current events. But people who rely on other general-interest media also rank low, and viewers of some Fox News programs rank high (along with those who watch Stewart's show). Two other surveys show mixed support for Stewart's statement. (more...)

Stewart’s best lines to Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday’

Daily Kos | | Entertainment Weekly
Ken Tucker says Jon Stewart's appearance on "Fox News Sunday" was "one of the best interviews Stewart has given articulating his views" and that the Comedy Central host "came as close as I have seen to losing his temper" when he told Chris Wallace: "Who has the most consistently misinformed media viewers? Fox. Fox viewers. Consistently. Every poll.” Here's what else he told Wallace:

* I think that you are here in some respects to bring a credibility and an integrity to an organization that might not otherwise have it, without your presence. So, you are here as a counterweight to Hannity, let's say, or a counterweight to Glenn Beck.

* Being a comedian is harder than what you do. What I do is much harder. I put material through a process, a comedic process.

* The embarrassment is that I'm given credibility in this world because of the disappointment that the public has in what the news media does.

* There's no question that I don't tell the full story. I mean, I don't disagree with that. But I don't not tell the full story based on a purely ideological partisan agenda.

* The bias of the mainstream media -- oh, I'm not saying it's defensible, but the bias of the mainstream media is toward sensationalism, conflict and laziness.

* I think that the majority of people working in [media] probably hold liberal viewpoints, but I don't think that they are as relentlessly activist as the conservative movement that has risen up over the last 40 years.

Update: PolitiFact to Jon Stewart: Not true that Fox News viewers are "most consistently misinformed"

Cramer: ‘The old me would have hit Jon Stewart with a chair’

New York Times
Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" takedown of Jim Cramer happened more than two years ago, but the CNBC "Mad Money" host is still discussing it. He says in Sunday's Times Magazine:
I’m proud I didn’t [hit Stewart with a chair]. I controlled myself. But maybe I shouldn’t have. Maybe I should have taken the gloves off. When Stewart talked about how his 75-year-old mother lost money in the market, I could have said: ‘Hey, your brother Larry Leibowitz is one of the heads of the New York Stock Exchange. Why didn’t he give your mom advice? Maybe I should have said that.”
For 15 long minutes, Cramer sat abjectly as Stewart pummeled him, writes Zev Chafets. Stewart accused Cramer of being a snake-oil salesman and suggested that he and his colleagues at CNBC were responsible for cheerleading Wall Street shenanigans.

I should have known this was coming because of how vicious Stewart had been all week, but I really thought it was just going to be a friendly show. As soon as he started, I realized Stewart was on a mission to make me look like a clown. I didn’t defend myself because I wasn’t prepared. What was I supposed to do, talk about how often I had been right? Praise myself? Get mad? I was mad, but I didn’t want to give the audience any blood. The national media said I got crushed, which I did, and made me into a buffoon.
After the interview, people like that, total strangers, would come up to me and say, ‘Jim, I’m sorry.’ That made me feel horrible, people feeling sorry for me. For six months it was on my mind all the time. I hurt so bad. But I don’t really think about it now.
* "Jim Cramer HIts an All-Time HIgh" [New York Times Magazine]

Is Jon Stewart the modern-day equivalent of Edward R. Murrow?

New York Times
The Comedy Central star's push for federal funds for the health care of 9/11 responders has some making the comparison. It's a legitimate one, says Syracuse U.'s Robert Thompson, because the law almost surely wouldn't have moved forward without Jon Stewart's "advocacy satire." || Even the White House took notice. || A double-myth in NYT's story?
> Alterman in 2009: Is Jon Stewart our Ed Murrow? Maybe...
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