Jon Stewart: It’s fun to expose hypocrisy

Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show."

Jon Stewart, host of

Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show staff has some of the best researchers in television. I think they’re better than most of the researchers working for America’s broadcast and cable news networks.

Why?

Throughout this long campaign season, The Daily Show has served up heaping helpings of political hypocrisy. They illustrate how politicians, political pundits and spin doctors often contradict themselves. It’s not an easy task. It takes time to collect, organize, categorize and track recorded comments from newsmakers.

On The Daily Show it’s funny. It can also be great journalism if presented properly.

Wikipedia describes Stewart: “Stewart himself is a vocal, outspoken critic of the Bush administration and of personality-driven media shows, in particular the coverage of the U.S. news media networks. Critics say Stewart benefits from a double standard: he critiques other news shows from the safe, removed position of his “fake news” desk. Stewart himself agrees, countering that neither his show nor his channel purport to be anything other than satire and comedy. In spite of its self-professed entertainment mandate, The Daily Show has been nominated for a number of news and journalism awards[“

I wonder: Why don’t the network and cable news programs also use these contrast contradictions involving candidates and campaign spokespersons in their own newscasts? By doing so, the news media would be raising legitimate questions involving important issues to American voters.

Doesn’t this lack of consistency say something about the sincerely and integrity of candidates and  campaigns who contradict themselves?

Comparing, contrasting, adding context is the news media’s job. Especially during campaign season.

Here are a few recent examples from The Daily Show:

Despite what Rudy Giuliani says, John McCain wants to bring a resolution before the United Nations Security Council.

Despite what Rudy Giuliani says, John McCain wants to bring a resolution before the United Nations Security Council.

On Wednesday's "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart exposes hypocrisy regarding Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

On Wednesday's "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart exposes some of the hype and hypocrisy surrounding GOP Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

During the Democratic National Convention, Stewart takes some notable Dems to task.
During the Democratic National Convention, Stewart takes some notable Dems to task.
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About Bernard McCoy

My views are my own and not a reflection of my employer. I'm a professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I've also been a working journalist for the past 29 years. I have covered news stories in war zones, reported on human and natural disasters, presidential conventions, a presidential inauguration and the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. My career experiences include work as an award-winning documentary producer, television news reporter, photographer, producer, and anchor. I worked at WIBW-TV, Topeka, KS., KCTV, Kansas City, MO, WKBD-TV, Detroit, MI., WILX-TV, Lansing, MI. and WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH. I have also worked as a contributing reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, CBS, CNN, the Ohio News Network and lecture at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communications. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Michigan State University.
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