I get crap from other people on the Right about my liking Jon Stewart and his era of The Daily Show.
Yes, I know that he was biased.
All news media is biased.
At least Steward acknowledged his bias and didn’t bullshit you tell you that he was an objective, unbiased source.
He was transparent “I’m a liberal comedian making fun of the news.”
But what separated Steward from all those that came after him was that Steward wasn’t a hack.
There is a difference between having a bias and being a hack.
Bias is a preferred way of looking at things.
A hack will be openly dishonest.
One of my favorite Jon Stewart bits was when he called out both sides for, even defending President Bush, using Hitler as an analogy for any political disagreement.
During the Obama administration, Stewart may have been biased, but he called out Obama on a number of legitimate points.
Other news comedians, including several Daily Show correspondents, were absolute hacks, but Stewart had a level of integrity that the rest of them lack.
It’s also clear that Steward, for his liberal bias (and what separates Steward as an old-fashioned New York, Jewish liberal from Progressives) is that it’s clear he loves America. His first monologue after the show went on hiatus for 9/11 will bring a tear to your eye, and since leaving the show he has done a lot of work on behalf of 9/11 first responders.
Which brings us to today, and Stewart going on his protege’s show.
Colbert is a hack.
Watching him try to stay on narrative against his old boss saying out loud what most of us have been saying for months is fun to watch.