‘The Daily Show,’ as viewed by the journalism department

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Jon Stewart has grown to be a legend in the for his unique style of journalism.
Jon Stewart announced for leaving

By Ben Jackson
Contributing Writer/Spectator

On Feb. 10 at the end of his show, Jon Stewart announced that he would be leaving “The Daily Show” after being on the air for 17 years.

This announcement not only marked the end of an era, but caused a media storm throughout the Internet.

A media storm that, on his show the following night, caused Stewart to ask: “Did I die? Because it all seems very, I died.”

This news affects journalism organizations all over, including here at Edinboro University. Since he took over “The Daily Show” from Craig Kilborn in 1999, Stewart has changed how we view politics and how news media covers current events.

Now don’t get us wrong, we are not saying that “The Daily Show” is actually a real news source.

“The Daily Show has elements of factual news,” said Dr. Jim Wertz, a professor in Edinboro’s Journalism and Public Relations Department, and faculty advisor of Edinboro Television. “It has given people who are informed, but feel like traditional news sources might be too sanitized or might be too simple in their delivery, a place to go to view news in a different way.”

“The Daily Show” certainly pushes boundaries, whether it’s using an Elmo puppet with an Islamic beard glued on it to talk about issues involving Guantanamo Bay, discussing the 2007 scandal involving then Senator Larry Craig engaging in homosexual acts in an airport bathroom to the tune of R. Kelly’s song “Trapped in the Closet,” or the over use of the word NAMBLA.

Not to mention Stewart’s frequent dealings with Fox News analyst Bill O’Reilly, and a giant head of now former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.

On a very interesting appearance on CNN’s “Crossfire” in 2004, he criticized the show’s format as Stewart felt the show failed its premise to actually present actual arguments on the given topics.

“It is entertainment based on information that is presented in a very intelligent and meaningful way,” said Dr. Anthony Peyronel the chair of the department. “I think Jon Stewart is an entertainer and not a journalist by poking fun at the news business in an intelligent and thought provoking way.”

As of today, Comedy Central has yet to announce who will be replacing Stewart on “The Daily Show” or even if the program will continue production as it is now.

“I associate that show with Jon Stewart,” Peyronel said. “I would think it would be extremely challenging for this show to carry on at the same level with another host.”

Comedy Central has also yet to announce the date of Stewart’s final show, so if you enjoy “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” be sure to enjoy it while you still can.

Ben Jackson is a contributing writer for the Spectator. He can be reached by ae.spectator@gmail.com