Which is mean, but I wanted the title to be mean. Jon Stewart was often very funny, and the times where he totally lost his stuff and went off on the Democrats for doing something stupid were comedy gold. But the reality is that he fed a lot of my political opponents the policy equivalent of left-handed sugar: looked like the real stuff, tasted like the real stuff, didn’t metabolize at all, at all. I am distinctly in the minority in this opinion, but here goes: it does our side no lasting harm with the other side is given a steady diet of nonsense and told that it’s received wisdom. If you don’t learn anything while still thinking that you’ve learned everything, eventually you fall flat on your face. All your opponent has to do is wait.
But, again: funny guy. Don’t know what the heck the Other Side is going to do for their fake news next year, though. Probably whine a lot.
PS: In the end, Jon Stewart made and moved product. Let’s not sentimentalize that. Especially if your own business model involved using that product for your own purposes.