How 'The Daily Show' Addressed Our Messiest Messes

Comedy shows take a huge risk of jumping the shark when they try to get serious for a minute or open a teaser with "a very special episode," the four most dreaded words in television since "Up next: 'Wife Swap.'"

Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show,' however, finds itself in the unique position of being television's guidance counselor. The news landscape doesn't have an Edward R. Murrow to speak of, a newsman who can honestly speak on a story without letting the vapidness of objectivity or obvious bias get in the way of his thinking. Moments of extreme sadness and tragedy have helped Stewart fill those shoes along with the aid of the occasional, well-timed dick joke. Read More...


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