I got to review the very last Jon Stewart Daily Show for The AV Club, which was an honor and, as I argue I think persuasively, a lot of fun. Salty googles, everyone—we’re goin’ in.
From the thing:
For all the partisan sniping from his critics that Stewart isn’t being fair (to say nothing of balanced), what draws the ire of Stewart and his staff most are those whose intellectual dishonesty reduces government—which should, it’s implied in Stewart’s comedy, be a rational institution pushing for a wiser, more just world—to a childish, partisan slap-fight, subsidized by the wealthy and powerful, and devoted to nothing but its own continuance. That’s what makes the end of Jon Stewart’s run so dismaying, especially on the eve of the first, predictably pandering and ugly Republican presidential debate of the season—there’s just so much bullshit left to shine a light on.
Read the whole thing here. It’s The AV Club—you were gonna end up there anyway.