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When I first went to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, there were a lot of things about the show I hated. I still don’t like the fact that they do not appear to be “serious.” I have always believed that you can’t have a serious discussion of issues that will resonate with people outside your base unless you have some sort of intellectual structure. The Daily Show was, for lack of a better term, a comedy show with a straight face. It did not attempt to present a coherent argument, and it never presented a credible point of view. The show was the opposite of Serious News. And it was certainly not Serious Discussion.
Stewart was a master of this, and has always remained true to what it meant to be serious. I’ve had many times when they have seemed to take a stance that might put me on the side of the liberal, but have done little to actually explain why they have this position. They have done this on many occasions, and I have never once found it worth noting. And I have also found many instances in which a segment could have been funny but not delivered as well as they could have in that episode. It is clear to me, though, that they can be more serious than this. I am interested in the ways in which Daily Show changes between the time they get an idea, and the time they start the conversation. In that one instance, they do, and in the next they keep in step.
But I’m going to let you in on a secret: they do not change. In fact, if their idea is to make someone think, they go in another direction. You wouldn’t understand. Because if you’re not thinking, you are doing something. And this is a recurring problem at The Daily Show. They never even attempt to make the argument: we just have this thought problem. You have these issues that you have to address. We’re just so worried about them that we don’t want to give you an explanation. And this creates an interesting situation. Because while people like