I think he’s great, and he is one of the few people who will still do legitimate interviews. The recent episode with Edward Conard was fantastic. The extended interview goes on for about half an hour, and it is everything an interview should be. Jon asks hard questions and makes a case for a particular point of view, but he also gives Conard ample time to respond and make his own case. It’s an actual exchange of ideas and not just an exchange of talking points. You can see them trying to understand one another rather than just waiting for their turn to speak. If you’re not careful, you could actually learn something from watching it.
He’s very special. I admire him and his mind. I do not care for the loud audiences that frame his format and sometimes some of his schtick gets tiresome, but I’d give him an A- .
He also has a very talented group of support people.
John Stewart is a brilliant liberal debater. I like his sarcastic droll humor up to a point. He can get outrageous to the point of camp. I think that he does best when he loses the smirks and foul language. Sadly that is his schtick and that’s why I get my news elsewhere.
If you want to comfort liberal-tinted news to support your liberal views then watch the Daily show.
@Aethelflaed True, but the American definition of “Liberal” seems to have changed to “One who disagrees with Limbaugh, Palin, and Santorum”, whom some today consider Centrists, and a small, insane minority consider Liberals.
@jerv Yeah, I was really more talking about people who are less “gay people should be allowed to get married” (like Stewart) and more “marriage is a crap institution we shouldn’t be fighting for in the first place, especially considering all the gendered violence still going on”. The people who found Occupy to be too sexist, homophobic, classist, racist, colonialist, and capitalistic for their tastes.
He and his staff are geniuses at unearthing past clips of public figures contradicting themselves and calling them on their hypocrisy. That’s a huge public service in a time when our collective memory barely survives the last news cycle.