What Jon Stewart’s Departure Means to News

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.
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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.

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  • Ethan Hendrix

    I think John Stewart’s wit is something completely unique to himself and would be very difficult to replace. John Oliver, however, is doing a fantastic job satirizing the news. He filled in for John Stewart for one summer and did a really great job. His sense of humor is the closest thing we could get to John Stewart’s after his departure later this year.

  • Curtis Yao

    John Stewart’s exceptional use of horatian satire to create a pleasant experience for audiences globally is going to be impossible to replicate. Stewart pioneered the use of satire to show the absurdity of events world wide, making the way for shows such as The Colbert Report, highlighting Stewart’s accomplishment of bringing satire into the mainstream. Stewart’s retirement should not only be seen as the loss of a satirical hero, but also as the successful delivery of satire to the humorless world.

  • Sebastian Certuche

    Jon Stewart use of satire can at times be exaggerated in the sense of shedding light on political agendas in a witty comical way. For example, Jon mad fun of Conservative concerns of the minimum wage going to astronomical heights. His exaggeration of raising to “a million, NO A BILLION DOLLARS”(Jon Stewart the Boss) makes the public realize how ridiculous the worries of said party are. Stewart prides himself on getting to the truth, as painful as it may be. Even in times of despair, his wit and humor can make the world, ah, seem right for once. Jon is a great man and his guts and quick wits will be missed.

  • Ana Avila

    Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, has been incorporating a great use of horatian satire which has been working very well on his audience. The extreme exaggeration that he has included various times in his show throughout the past 15 years have allowed many individuals’ eyes to be exposed to the truth. Stewart is able to transmit information that is not as severely biased and has been able to successfully give individuals a clearer view of American politics through his use of comedy. This can be proven true due to the fact that the times in which Stewart’s irony and sarcasm have been humorous is because individual’s reach a moment of realization that they might not realize is occurring at the exact moment; his incredible work has created an effect of discovery. Unfortunately, his departure means that a vast amount of viewers will be left with nothing but the loss of legend.

  • Michael Yang

    Jon Stewart has a remarkable ability to switch between horatian and juvenalian satire to achieve different effects. In the video shown on this article he easily switches between humor and severity to continuously inflict pain on the political news people and shine light on the situation that news channels are constantly lying and not confronting the true issues in politics. Furthermore, he also discredits the news people and self-justifies himself in the process. By doing this Jon Stewart acts like a magnet for all the hatred from the news people. This is very similar to what Jonathon Swift did in his satirical piece the “Modest Proposal,” he drew the anger and animosity of both the English and Irish hoping to create a response or action. So Jon Stewart is truly an astounding man and his retirement should be greatly mourned by the people.

  • Ronen Melloul

    Stewart, known for his role in entertainment, has time and time again applied satirical devices to set himself apart from other entertainment centers. Most noticeable, he has employed a rich humor to engage the audience in his topics, in his subjects, in his analyses that shift from indirect to direct. On some occasions, he is seen to directly exaggerate topics, and by doing this he makes clear the viewpoint to assure it is not lost with the humor he is throwing around. In many instances he is indirect, hinting at statements or jokes that might be too inappropriate if stated directly. All in all, he will be missed not only for his role in the media, but for his unique utilization of satire to attract a wide audience.

  • Adrian Rivera

    Jon Stewart uses an effective and unique way of satire to throw light onto and justify various problems related to politics. Stewart uses his good sense of humor to persuade people to listen more closely and possibly accept his standpoints as he has their attention in a positive way. Stewart also uses sarcasm as a weapon to the opposition in attempt to discredit attacks made against him. Stewart’s style varies between direct and indirect satire when appropriate or most effective. Stewart’s very unique style will be missed.

  • Sabria Chahine

    Jon Stewart, beloved host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, is mainly known for his ability to tie in various satirical devices into a form of entertainment. As seen throughout most of his shows, he incorporates ridiculous exaggerations such as burlesque, when bringing up serious political and social issues to clearly get his point across, while simultaneously appealing to the audience through wit and humor to help create the over all satire presented through out the show. His humor allows him to connect with the audience more, creating a mutual feeling on certain situations. Jon Stewart’s combination of horation that is mainly dominant over juvenalian satire which helps to balance out and to contrast the issues that are brought up, usually appealing to a certain group while also offending another, although it led to criticism at times. His political satire is among the best there is and will be greatly appreciated and admired even after decision to leave The Daily Show.

  • Madeleine Castator

    Jon Stewart’s satirical commentary and reports on American politics have ironically provided less biased news than major news corporations. His technique ranges massively even within the case of a single session, using Horatian satire and tone shifts to inform, mock, and criticize. His place as a political satirist was essential to provoking questions and outrage about corruption and hypocrisy in the government. He will be missed. His absence creates a vacuum in american satirical consumption and should be filled for the sake of the continued critique of society’s backwards norms.

  • Ryan Patel

    With his departure, John Stewart will leave behind his legacy for some other lesser broadcaster to replace. He really pushed satire into the mainstream by The Colbert Report. Stewart’s withdrawal is probably for the best because, someone new and fresh may come out on top. America needs change in this segment. Frankly, many watchers are probably tired of Stewart attacking a specific party or subject repeatedly. With a new replacement, we can finally hope for a more broader outlook on satire, not basing it on subjects we find absurd.

  • Lizbeth Sanchez-Hernandez

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, didn’t just provided insightful, clever parody and repeatedly hard-hitting interviews, but Stewart encouraged a more overt point of view. Stewart was a harsh critic of the hypocrisy that political talk engaged, he also adopted argumentative outsider approaches, while using many ethnic voices to punch up jokes. The Daily Show aims more than just comedy. In its choice of topics and its tendency to point out satire over playing laughs, Stewart’s show achieves a function that is close to journalistic nature — persuading people to critically think about the society.

  • Monica Elizondo

    John Stewart uses horatian satire to create a pleasant experience for audiences globally is impossible to recreate. Stewart established the use of satire to show how absurd the events that happened world wide, making it possible for shows such as The Colbert Report, able to touch on Stewart’s achievements of making satire more popular in the world. With Stewart’s retiring, we loose one of the greatest satirical heroes, but we will remember his success to bringing satire and making it more well known to the world.

  • Gilbert Martinez

    Jon Stewart provided the greatly needed balanced satire that the press has always lacked. With his leaving, there are questions as to who will shine a light upon the dirty side of the press and politics. Stewart had given many current stars their shove into fame. It is left to ponder if one of these people, or someone else will continue in his footsteps.

  • Christina

    Christina van Hal
    John Stewart uses satire in the form of parody and sarcasm to draw light upon today’s political issues. He provides this needed criticism of both parties and their candidates, along with his humorous approach to the many scandals in modern government. He employs humor to get others to think about society and to attack corrupt politicians on stage. His refreshing humor and balance in political views will be much missed because (ironically speaking) he is actually less partisan than some news stations.

  • Payton Campbell

    Jon Stewart’s use of satire and humor helps express political views by exaggerating topics and providing the viewer with a moderate and comical view of American politics. There is much confusion over who will replace Stewart becuase of his superior ability to give un-biased and sarcastic commentary on current and intriguing political issues. His use of humor is helpful in explaining what is going on in the world by making hard areas of dicussion easier for people to talk about.

  • Kassandra Chavez

    The famous comedian Jon Stewart uses satire to exaggerate politics. Because of his ability to use humor in political situations, he is known to make politics interesting. His capability to create sarcastic remarks about politicians will be missed and will be hard to replace.

  • Julia Dietrich

    Over the years, The
    Daily Show with Jon Stewart has expanded its depth of analysis and impacted
    the political process by establishing itself as a source that provides critical
    examination of political and media culture, as well as current events, through
    the use of satire. The show’s seamless
    use of sarcasm, satire, and silliness, works to break through the absurdity of
    the political system and provide the viewer with an enjoyable, easy to
    understand way to stay informed. His work will surely be missed.

  • Peyton Tvrdy

    Jon Stewart has shown the people of America time and time again that news networks use exaggerated topics and sometimes unqualified spokesmen through his extensive use of satire and humor. As seen by his sketch, “Who the F@#k is that Guy?”, Stewart discredited what an political expert was by showing who exactly the “expert strategists” were, most of them being failed campaign advisers. His use of sarcasm and irony against the 3 major news stations, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, to give a mostly clear and honest picture about what’s really going on in politics.

  • Gariel White

    In his late night show, Jon Stewart, not only threw light on important issues, but also discredited political figures justification for what it really is. He often did this through his his wit, parody of news stations, or simply raw cynicism. His forms of satire truly expanded the public’s mind of how media really presented it self in the 20th and 21st century.

  • April Morales

    Just as stated, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has provided millions across the U.S., including myself, with some of the most reliable and unbiased news in a satirical way that has captivated many long after 15 cups of coffee and countless hours of regret of chronic procrastination. Stewart’s incredible use of wit and brutal honesty is something a healthy society needs in order to reevaluate its own faults and really make way for the truth amiss biased commentary and left/right-leaning takeaways that are an unfortunate side effect for most news outlets. Stewart’s dedication to the truth and his hilarious deliverance of it is sure to be missed, and hopefully regained in a new late night news media figure (somewhat, anyways, considering how hard it will be to fill Stewart’s shoes).

  • Miles Arceneaux

    Jon Stewart has a very remarkable way of being able to swap between horatian and juvenalian satire to achieve interesting effects. In the video shown on this article, Jon Stewart easily switches between nice, light hearted humor and cold, harsh severity to continuously inflict pain on the political news people and expose the situation in a new light that news channels are constantly lying, not giving the people the full truth and not confronting the true issues in politics. Furthermore, he even discredits the news teleprompters while also justifying himself in the process. By doing this Jon Stewart acts like a ball on a towel and draws all surrounding objects in ,for all the hatred from the news people. This is very similar to what Jonathon Swift did in his satirical piece the “Modest Proposal,”. He drew the anger and animosity of both the English and Irish hoping to create a response or action to the ever so evident problem. So as we can clearly see Jon Stewart is truly an astounding man and his new of retirement should be one that causes much grief.

  • Stephanie Chang

    This just in. The Daily
    Show’s Jon Stewart is leaving the world of satire, leaving society deprived
    of a crucial source of stability and truth. Over the years, Stewart has
    employed top-notch humor, wit, and sarcasm to target political hypocrites, generating
    both enemies and supporters. His Horatian approach allows him to shed light on
    the incongruities in politics and society without directly attacking anyone—a smart
    move, but also a less effective one. Society needs satire because its
    controversial, uncomfortable, and bitter truths balance out the glorified
    illusions of a society trying to ignore its faults. The sycophants, the educated,
    the arrogant, and the public are too compliant and laid-back, unable to see the
    tensions and inconsistencies until these are thrown in their faces directly and
    forcefully. Stewart potentially failed in this respect, but his legacy lives on; perhaps
    his successor will be able to employ a more Juvenalian approach to satire, and
    one that delves deeper into exposing the audience at a more personal level. The
    only remaining question is whether society is ready for this vulnerability.

  • Alexander Carranza

    Jon Stewart’s interview on crossfire set forth the sort of satire that he portrays and, probably mostly exercises, which is in between Juvenalian satire and Horatian satire because he tries with a great effort to demonstrate his neutrality in partisan ideals and arguments and goes as far as mocking the constant verbal debates that the two hosts of a partisan-bias show constantly have. His Juvenalian satire becomes evident in his childish, immature comments that are meant to be humorous and slaughtering. Stewart’s Horatian satire becomes present in the way that he mildly uses his wit to contradict his opponents by pointing out their flaws of being inclined towards a particular political party. Stewart’s departure is indeed leaving a gap in the neutrality brought to the public by the media, but his legacy is to remain intact and loved.

  • Rosa Gonzalez

    Jon Stewart uses various forms of satire to bring light to many issues that we sometimes ignore. He continuously switches between direct and indirect satire to make his arguments. I believe much of his success is not just the humor or cynicism but how accurately and realistically he portrays the news (this is also a form of logos). It makes you think about it for a second before you realize its just a parody of the news. Thus it still effectively coveys his arguments and helps some of us to discover a new point of view of looking at issues. For all these attributes, Jon Stewart will have always have a great impact on the media.

  • theo pham

    Jon Stewart has an out-understanding ability in switching from juvenalian to horatian satire. During the video, Mr. Stewart has ease between the swap between being humorous, nice, and loving to being harsh, mean, and hurtful. Jon Stewart also put down the teleprompter while simultaneously praises himself. Jon Stewart leaving the new cast is going to downsize the cast due the fact that he was the most reliable person the on the cast and a person to get the fact down and straight.

  • Diana Zapata

    Jon Stewart definitely used horatian satire which helped our
    society to more in depth understand what politics are really up to then and now
    through humor. His excellent use of satire gets Americans to realize the
    unveiling role of politics, and see them from his point of view. One effect
    that he achieved is self-relief. He makes sure that his side of the story gets
    told through a humorous way rather than a boring and monotonous one. Also, he
    specifically addresses young people to stand up for what they truly think is
    right like he once did.

  • Jacob Carrasco

    John Stewart’s use of Juvenalian use of satire to throw light on certain political situations has helped further the discussions of certain crucial topics. But what we should beware of is the speaker’s position on the subject as satire is undoubtedly a way to persuade someone to consider the topic one way or the other. John’s perceived “left wing” status is broken down by his occasional criticism of his own beliefs. Harkening to the reader to reconsider what his position really is; which is important because ,like all forms of persuasive media, is persuasion is based upon the stance of the author. A man with as much influence as John surely has felt the human feelings to try and use his resources to further what he believes to be “right.” But there is no way for us to measure the authenticity of his motives when we speak so it is imperative that we continue to scrutinize what he says, no matter how upright of a man he may be.

  • Paula DeAnda

    In a healthy society, satire is used to make uncomfortable or scandalous topics easier to discuss. Jon Stewart’s use of horatian satire, a satirical style that is light-hearted, allows him to criticize politics without directly offending anyone. It also broadens his audience by making people that would otherwise be resistant to hearing other opinions more open-minded than if he just discussed without the employment of satire. Even though he will be missed on late night television, he will continue to have lasting impact on the media and how it delivers information and persuades its audience.

    • Nathalia Chiesa

      I agree with Paula because satire is used in uncomfortable situations or topics in order to put it to ease. Satire can be used to criticize and how Paula said, it wont’ directly offend anyone. Jon Stewart’s use of satire successfully portrayed its role using humor to inflict pain but indirectly.

      • Nathalia

        won’t *

  • Mason Cole

    The retiring of John Stewart will drastically affect not
    only The Daily Show, but American politics as well. John Stewart’s historian
    satire humorously provoked altered conceptions of American politicians and made
    a crucial impact on politics in America. Through a neutral news setting Stuart
    enlightened his listeners about corruption in politics and biased news
    reporters through humor and wit. Blending entertainment and news enabled a dynamic
    transfer of unbiased information to his audience. His shoes will be impossible
    to fill. A black hole will be left in his place.

  • Mauricio Osuna

    John Stewart’s use of lighthearted, horatian satire has reminded Americans of the reality, incongruities, and harsh truths about our current political party system. He effectively uses irony, sarcasm,humor,wit, and other techniques to inspire a feeling of mutual understanding among st his audience, albeit often leaving out conservatives. His departure from the head of the satire entertainment industry leaves a hole that can not be easily filled by anyone else, however many others are stepping up such as John Oliver and The Onion News Network, who are two of the most prominent political satirists of our time. John Stewart’s satire was not solely restricted to the disarray of the American party system, he was also one of the top critics of the media industry, and helped the audience question the reliability of the most popular broadcast networks by using humor to point out obvious bias, incongruities, and embarrassing moments such as in his segment on the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight . John Stewart and his comedic prowess will be missed, however him and Stephen Colbert have paved the way for a bright future in American political and media satire which is becoming ever so needed in a time when the rift between Americans’ political views is causing turmoil and close mindedness.

  • Ishaan Chatterjee

    John Stewart’s utilization of horatian leaning satire has put a fresh spin on the political party system of today and has brought Americans to examine the fallacies in our politics from a closer view. His indirect satire, enhanced by his outsanding humour and sarcasm never failed to put a smile on his viewers who were able to view serious topics from a fresh perspective, designed to encourage activism and highlight bias in today’s media. As Stewart leaves the beloved program, America will miss his knack for sarcasm and all things satirical that helped to combat, at least to a degree, the injustices in our government.

  • Arif Fusilier

    The role of satire in a healthy society not only makes heavy, or serious topics easier to discuss, but it also may invite tolerance and unity when executed correctly. It is established that John Stewart was overall considered by many to be of left wing political status, but the fact that he addressed the hypocrisy of, and satirized his own points of view as well as the viewpoints of others with humor and wit offers a sort of mediation to both sides. His use of Juvenalian satire addressed the problems of both sides of politics, which, within itself, offered changes that both sides could make to themselves for the greater good, which is much more easier to carry out than both sides trying to make changes to each other out of self-interest. So, in conclusion, the retirement of John Stewart is almost like a support beam being taken from under the bridge that sealed the gap, and eliminated the distance between the political parties of America, and even though the way he carried this out cannot be replicated, the support that he gave the people may be restored by a willing individual, or the willing individuals, of this generation

  • Stacey Yard

    John Stewart has won multiple Emmy Awards as well as a Grammy Award for his horation satire, creating a humorous and sarcastic take on events in politics which in some cases may be boring for few, and turning it into an entertainment for learning. Because although he includes humor, all his information is valid and engages the viewer in the topics he discusses which not many people can do successfully. His outgoing persona will be missed greatly and perhaps no one will ever live up to Stewart’s expectations but his impact on society definitely creates incentive for the next to work just as hard and be influenced by the greatest political satirist.

  • Jaime Jimenez

    Jon Stewart’s use of a extreme sarcasm and exaggeration allowed for a bond between this himself, of alleged high authority, and the audience because he used extreme humor to inform the audience that he wasn’t very serious. In “The Daily Show”, Jon Stewart was able to take real political and social events and add comments to them in a satiric way to demonstrate that there was discovery and self-relief happening. Jon Stewart was able to take a historical march over a bridge and emphasize the drone used to film them; Jon Stewart proves how America now shows more care for a gadget than the actual historical content which very few are brave to speak the about.

  • Caleb Yen

    With John Stewart’s retirement from The Daily Show, Stewart has created an ongoing and successful
    process of political satire. Being known as the most reliable figure in
    American news, Stewart has achieved great trust among Americans and others to
    correctly and humorously state the flaws of political parties. One can see this
    ability in his appearance of CNN’s Crossfire in 2004. Here, John Stewart was
    able to go from direct to indirect satire with ease while also varying on a
    scale of horatian to juvenalian. This brings laughter and joy to the audience,
    but also makes the points that John Stewart are trying to make more clear and noticeable.
    His political satire will be missed after his departure; nevertheless, his
    political satire will always affect how Americans and others view the different
    political parties.

  • Luis Ramirez

    Luis Ramirez
    English 2 Pre-AP P3
    11 March 2015

    Jon Stewart’s departure for _The Daily Show_ and from the media has produced a horrible cramp in the hunger of his viewers and fans. Stewart has shown to have an ability to fluidly switch between indirect and direct satire. He has shown to have a love for implementing horatian satire in his delivery of the news. Jon gave the news in various styles between humorous, harsh, loving, serious, and sarcastic; shown in the video from the wiki. Jon Stewart has built a legacy in the image of the media which will forever be reached for by many reporters and news hosts, but will for a long time inches away from their fingers’s grasp… the bar has been set.

  • Julia Dela Cruz

    Jon’s Stewart’s contribution of political satire is mostly Horatian and delivered through sarcasm, humor, wit, or irony. He described ongoing political non-political issues in a way that Americans would find funny or something that they would nod their head to, readily agreeing because it sounds right and easy. His comical methods of delivering news will be missed, considering that the majority of news station are extremely biased and will paint events a certain way, either in favor of or not. His satire has given light to the issues at hand today, and has made those who watch more self-aware of what media has been trying steer the public from.

  • Cesar Rosas

    Cesar Rosas P7

    John Stewar’s disussion was made to not seem juvenile, because the way he used satire made the scandalous topics easier to discuss. Jon Stewart’s use of horatian satire, a satire style that is light-hearted and comfortable way to express an idea, allowed him to criticize and contradict politics without worrying about greatly offending the politicians. It also opens up his audience by making people to be able to hearing other opinions more open-minded than if he just discussed without the incorporation of satire.

  • Dasha Pominov

    Dasha Pominov
    Jon Stewart has won many awards for his Horatian satire. Jon Stewart is famous for talking about political events in a sarcastic and humorous way. His success lies in using ethos, turning boring political facts and turn them into facts that are actually entertaining. The passing of Stewart will effect not only The Daily Show but the audience who he has had an impact on.

    • Simon Cormack

      I agree with you Dasha, although I also believe that Stewart uses juvenalian satire too. John Stewart has the ability to sucess fully pass on the news in a serious fashion (which is not the majority) to a younger audience. His absence will leave a gap in where the younger population recieve their news. He has the skills to convey the information, but he has also spawned different sources from his show from Larry Wilmore, to John Oliver, to Steven Colbert.

  • Emily Pennington

    John Stewart had a way of using horatian satire that gave people a new view of the political world that is present here.` His satire was light hearted which gave a new way to open his audience up to the ideas in a way that didn’t scare them with issues but instead gave them insight in a way that was gentle for their viewers.

  • Maddie Clay

    Jon Stewart’s satire is dominantly horatian due to his obvious mocking of politics and serious events to entertain the audience.

  • Martin Logan

    John stewart has made massive leaps and bounds in raising the bar in late-night satirical news. His direct and indirect satire towards the rampant corruption and distorted view in both American and Foreign politics have spawned many others to copy his form of comedy and continue to influence current political thought. His legacy will truly stand the test of time as one who gave birth to satirical news in the 21st century.

  • Camille MacLaren

    John Stewart’s satirized many political leaders to be more horatian than Juvenalian. His style made others have a throwing light and caused others to think about it.

  • Carson Cash

    The role of satire in healthy society is important because the people living in it should be able to speak freely; a healthy society does not suppress speech. Satire points out ridiculousness so that the people can realize things (i.e. about authority) and not always stay with the status quo.

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