For 15 years now, Jon Stewart has been satirizing the state of American politics in every way imaginable. Although typically associated with the left, Stewart has made a name for himself reaching across the aisles to point out the intricacies and hypocrisies of both major political parties.[embedplusvideo height=”360″ width=”500″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1KQBIin” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/aFQFB5YpDZE?fs=1&vq=hd720″ vars=”ytid=aFQFB5YpDZE&width=450&height=367&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=1&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=¬es=” id=”ep9496″ /] From this appearance on CNN’s Crossfire in 2004 to his continuous bashing of deceptive politicians, Stewart has been arguably the most reliable figure in American news of the last decade. Whereas others (see: Brian Williams) have been caught “misremembering,” Jon Stewart has time and time again revealed the corruption of major news corporations. Aside from his own persona, Stewart has launched the careers of numerous others who began their careers on his show. From Steve Carell to John Oliver, Stewart’s The Daily Show has regularly churned out an all-star cast of satirical correspondents.
With the recent news of Stewart’s departure from The Daily Show coming to light, a gaping void has opened in the realm of news reporting. Coupled with ex-Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert’s departure from the hit Colbert Report earlier this year, there’s legitimate concern about who will assume the role of satirical news pundit. In a day and age where nearly every major media outlet is severely biased one way or another, Stewart has provided us with a relatively moderate and comical view of American politics. Will John Oliver, who is now hosting is own show on HBO, assume the position of “truth-teller” in American news? Or will it be someone else, perhaps Jason Jones, a current Daily Show correspondent? No matter who fills the gap, it’ll be nearly impossible to live up to Jon Stewart’s legacy.
An icon of not only political satire but also of serious debate, [inlinetweet prefix=”click here to” tweeter=”” suffix=” on @rhino_press”]Stewart’s departure leaves a vacuum in the domain of late-night news and comedy[/inlinetweet] . No matter who fills his seat on the Daily Show set, Stewart’s legacy as the prime media figure to address hypocrisy in American politics is one that will last for a long while. Jon Stewart’s departure from The Daily Show doesn’t just leave millions of viewers without a nightly dose of comedic brilliance, but also without someone to truly tell the stories that matter.