How the Fake Newsman Won Over America

2014, Media  -   50 Comments
Ratings: 7.40/10 from 104 users.

This micro-documentary installment of the Bloomberg Game Changers series chronicles the early life and ongoing career growth of comedian and Daily Show host Jon Stewart and how he rose from being an alternative comic to one of the most respected newscasters of our time. Interviews with his friends, co-workers and journalists at the top of their fields highlight Stewart's passion and sincerity, which they credit for his ability to earn the trust of Daily Show viewers and audiences worldwide, despite the show's status as satire and the fact that Stewart himself is not technically a journalist.

Getting his start on the New York stand-up scene, Stewart went from emcee of the Comedy Cellar to co-host of comedic talk show Short Attention Span Theater, ultimately gaining his own short-lived late night vehicle, The Jon Stewart Show on MTV. During this time he continued to build connections throughout the comedy world with guest spots on several sitcoms, including the critically acclaimed The Larry Sanders Show. He often substituted for Tom Snyder of The Late Late Show and advanced to full-time hosting duties by replacing Craig Kilborn of the original Daily Show, a move that proved to be the defining moment of Stewart's career.

Coming to the show with a deep personal interest in politics and media and an ingrained sense of righteousness towards the overwhelming hypocrisies on display in both realms, Stewart's wry wit and sarcasm resonated with audiences who were hungry for relevant, reliable news delivered with a healthy dose of humor to balance their sense of frustration and outrage over current events.

Unlike most comedic talk shows, Stewart seeks out guests he deems important regardless of their pop culture or celebrity status, making the Daily Show a critical stop for politicians, political watchdogs and activists in addition to the standard mainstream media guests. Emphasizing the role of the 2000 presidential election in establishing Stewart as a political commentator who further solidified himself as a force to be reckoned during a distinctly non-comedic appearance on CNN's Crossfire, this film provides a thorough overview of Stewart's career peaks and how he his intellect and charm have made him one of the most trusted voices in American news.

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50 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Russ Tul

    I sure miss Jon Stewart and the Comedy Center. What ever made Stewart give up that fantastic job

  2. StillTruth

    That's the progression....comedian then democratic congressman.....

    1. geno

      Jon Stewart is smarter than most congressmen, and much more trusted than virtually any politician. He does his research, and actually knows what he's talking about. He would probably be the best congressman this country has seen in decades. I would vote for him in a heartbeat, and feel great about it. I would feel like my vote actually did something positive for the country, for a change. I wish he'd run for president. It would be nice to be able to believe in a president again.Although i sure would miss The Daily Show.

  3. noboundryman

    The oder he gets, the funnier he gets. He is as sharp as a freakin tack. We should make him comedy Tzar.

  4. humansoul

    and only 7 min did it last for me

  5. humansoul

    zionist bollox

  6. anon

    shameless Jon Stewart plug

  7. BradfordVonDaserdyly

    This should be renamed to "The John Stewart Story, the darling of the low information voters"

    1. Jodie Smith

      When world leaders, authors, humanitarians, film makers and activists go on the show you call watching that low-brow?? He asks questions a normal anchor would never ask and therefore the viewer gets a more thorough understanding of that person. I think the low-information voters are the ones who watch Fox or NBC as you get an extremely bias view from those networks. By leaving this type of comment that is not informative but judgmental it makes you look like you have something to prove and really you are just a hater who lacks something in real life, let go of that ego and you will be much happier.

    2. Joe

      When he starts asking guests about false flags and petrodollar warfare, maybe then I'll take him a bit more seriously.

  8. winston

    This is the genius who said '911 was an outside job.' Keep dreaming
    Stu. The guy who thinks everything is just fine, no reason to be upset.
    Go back to sleep./ His entire job is taking the most serious issues of
    the day and turning them into giddy silliness..and jokes.

  9. Rocky Racoon

    From Mark Twain to Johnny Carson satirists have often served as political commentator's of society-Sometimes that is the only way to open up a subject to more broad social discussion.

  10. bringmeredwine

    Did I hear that right, that his brother works at the Stock Exchange?
    They must have some interesting discussions.

    1. awful_truth

      No doubt about that. (interesting discussions that is) Probably when Jon Stewart needs information regarding the economics of Wall Street, his brother is probably more than willing to give him insight. Of course, there is the other possibility that they squabble like cat and dog. Either way, interesting discussions! Best wishes bringmeredwine.

  11. Anthony Sims

    It's also not surprising that there are hate-filled, reactionaries who like to leave comments on websites. Broken record.

  12. joeysnow

    This was another crotch sniffing Bloomberg documentary that feels more like an advertisement than anything else. I think it speaks to the sorry state of the American media that a comedian is regarded as the primary check to power in our political system. Aren't the big networks/newspapers supposed to do that? Its sad that an anchor like Brian Williams worries about what Jon Stewart will think before he airs a piece. How about doing your job and asking the right questions?

    1. Sillybear

      Oh, this. Soon BW won't be worrying, but watching Jon deliver the AP scripted news in his place.

  13. Doobie Wa

    He had a much longer road to the top than I knew
    The fact that he is an intellectual comedian that makes him special.
    He's like Shecky Greene on steroids. I love the way he goes at it face to face with power mongers. And yes, he speaks the truth (ok, most of the time). The fact that Republicans can't understand dry satire or oxymoron's makes him that much more entertaining. They don't know to laugh or cry. Killer stuff Jon, please make yours a long career.

  14. awful_truth

    Like him, or hate him, Jon Stewart is one of the few people who is in a position to actually educate, entertain, and keep the 'chickenhawks' in America well grounded. Of course, he has had help from the likes of George Carlin, and Bill Maher, since all of their humor has one thing in common. (revulsion to stupidity, and hypocrisy)
    P.S: Keep up the good work Jon, and never let the bast*rds grind you down.

  15. Contemplate Now

    When I first read the title I thought it was referring to the general news media. Then I realized the doc was only focused on one comedic approach. Seems MSNBC, FOX, and the major networks could be included as well. I can't state when it occurred but our news media in general stopped being a "presentation of news worthy occurrences" and became instead commentary and opinion.

  16. Crab_Nebula

    Needed this. Show hasn't aired a new episode all week.

    1. Doobie Wa

      Always leave them wanting more.
      So he and Colbert need a summer break.

  17. zee788

    Stewart is certainly less of a hypocrite than for example, Bill O'Reilly. But just like O'Reilly foists his religious fantasies on his gullible audience, so does Stewart promulgate his secular humanistic clap-trap as well. The problem is that neither's desired 'moral' code is provable outside of his own head. This is why the only tools these clowns have to 'prove' whatever they are spouting is anger, feigned outrage, and sarcasm. Real philosphers and thinkers have nothing to do with these two. #moralnihilism

    1. Fabien L

      Donny: Are these the Nazis, Walter?
      Walter Sobchak: No, Donny, these men are nihilists. There's nothing to be afraid of.

    2. zee788

      I like it.

    3. Doobie Wa

      You know, it's nice to hear the news mixed with a little comedy.
      Those clowns on FOX try to blow everything out of proportion.
      In the end, it just blows..

  18. Eric Lawson

    Have always been a big fan. Would love to see him and Bill Maher be on each others shows would be a big Draw for sure. Well done Peace!!!.

    1. Fabien L

      I wonder why there is no funny guy on the opposite side, it's not like the left can't be ridiculed with their overbearing moms ideas.

    2. zee788

      None of these guys, whether right or left or whatever, are somehow objectively funny. Each of these comedians portrays people from the other side as being absurd and ridiculous. If you agree with them, you think it's funny because you hold the same opinion. If you don't agree with them, you don't think it's funny.

    3. Eric Lawson

      I think both of these men are rather fare and well balanced when it comes to either side Yes??Peace!

    4. Fabien L

      I disagree. I sometimes think John Stewart is hilarious but don't agree on the point he is trying to make. And with Bill Maher, he is often not funny at all, but what he is saying makes sense to me.

    5. Eric Lawson

      LOL that is a great question Fabien!! I tried to remember if there were any and i can think of none. Interesting Peace!!

    6. a_no_n

      because good humour comes from empathy. Something they are severely lacking in.

    7. zee788

      Whether that's true or not, empathy has no moral value, because morality is a myth. It only has subjective value.

    8. a_no_n

      no but being able to understand someone helps you craft a joke they can relate to.

    9. zee788

      Do they craft jokes by understanding others? Or do they craft jokes they find funny and those who already agree with them find it funny. That's the way it seems with all these political jokes, whether left or right.

    10. a_no_n

      You'd have to ask the writing staff that question.

    11. Rocky Racoon

      Empathy is the progenitor of everything humane in this world. We would not have been able to develop as a species without it.

    12. zee788

      Not entirely true. But even if it were, that has nothing to do with whether it has objective value or not.

    13. Rocky Racoon

      If it were not objectively valued by the human race it would not have been adopted as necessary to our evolution

  19. Space_Cadet_1952

    Loved his interview with Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani schoolgirl shot by Swat Valley Islamic fundamentalist, on the orders of 'Radio Mullah' Maulana Fazlullah, head of the Swat Valley Taliban, who bans Polio injections, women voting, and women getting involved in politics, and education for girls.

    1. Cracker122049

      Would like to see a video of Maulana Fazlullah on his knees while being shot in the back of the head on his way to hell!

    2. Space_Cadet_1952

      That's not very nice, Cracker. Tut tut!

      I'm sure he'd be a very nice man if Islam were surgically removed from his brain - or is that what you mean but we're just differing on the means of implementation?

      I'm all for 'cultural diversity' provided it's kept below the threashold of pain for the majority population.

    3. Fabien L

      I don't think banning voting for women and no education for girls has anything to do with Islam. Otherwise, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan are not following that religion properly.

    4. Space_Cadet_1952

      Having one's religious sensitivities irritated by justifiable, rational and logical questions about the intentions of a man, who chose a girl of 6 years old for a 'wife', does not confer a freedom to threaten and intimidate, or murder, regarding criticising a decision which most of the world naturally regards as paedophilia. Nor does it exclusively convey to Muslims a uniquely unassailable right not to be questioned, speculated upon or even ridiculed because of its obvious legal and moral implications for adults.

      The fact of the matter is that in all Islamic countries of the world, underage girls are forcibly traded, taken and imprisoned in breach of what constitutes legal marriage between consenting parties. Islamic law arrogantly assumes precedence over any international law with humane and reasonable treatment of a child as its object. Honour killing being the ultimate Sharia solution for dissatisfaction.

      Where there is no informed consent there is only tyranny and repression. Such forced marriages constitute a breach of Fundamental International Rights of The Child in Islamic countries, and despite being signatories to such a convention, all are stuck in a time warp, and routinely carry out the death penalty against children.

      What just and fair 'God' gave Muslims the exclusive right to be judge, jury and executioners of criticism and free speech, and treat their children as having no more rights or choice than their animals? Rarely in online Muslim discussions does one see “love for each other”, let alone one’s perceived enemies. There is always the Islamic agenda first, self-interest second, and humanity a trailing third.

      Islam, like Marxism, is an imperfect, man made ideology, poisoned further by every political system which has tried to adopt it. A council of perfection for imperfect, corruptible and mortally-flawed humanity, which robs it of the very humanity it purports to confer.

    5. Fabien L

      What about underage girls that are dragged into prostitution in our "civilized" countries? That stuff happens here too, it's not an Islamic exclusivity.