Year-end summary time
Amidst the madness and absurdity of the post-9/11 world, as the old-standby TV-news anchors retired or passed away, young America was looking for its new Cronkite, Rather, Jennings or Brokaw. Into this void, improbably, stepped comedian Jon Stewart and his band of brilliantly deadpan correspondents. While The Daily Show never really claimed to be more than a satirical faux-news show, it is so much more, offering the smartest, most unflinching social commentary on television. And despite fears to the contrary, it didn’t take infamous Bush-basher Jon Stewart long to take the gloves off in the age of Obama. No, there’s still no shortage of lampoonable material in American politics, and Stewart and his gang of correspondents are sharp as ever.