Jon Stewart Sums Up Media Mistakes In Boston Bombing Coverage: Video

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 10:02am PDT

Wednesday will go down in infamy as one of the worst days for CNN, Fox News and others’ coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Deadline is going to let Jon Stewart sum up why, always, it’s better to chill than rush out with wrong news:

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Egyptian Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against TV Host Bassem Youssef

By | Saturday April 6, 2013 @ 6:34pm PDT

The “Jon Stewart of the Arab World” still faces a criminal investigation into accusations that he insulted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith on his satirical news show The Program. But an Egyptian court today … Read More »

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Jon Stewart Slams Jeff Zucker & CNN’s “Spiral Downward”: Video

By | Friday April 5, 2013 @ 1:45pm PDT

The first 2 1/2 months of Jeff Zucker’s rule at CNN have not been kind ratings-wise. Last night, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart took aim at the cable news network for what he called its … Read More »

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Egypt’s Ruling Party Slams U.S. For Remarks On Case Of TV Host Bassem Youssef

The plight of Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian TV host known as “The Jon Stewart of the Arab World”, has become something of a political hot potato between the U.S. and Egypt. Youssef was called in for questioning over the weekend on accusations that he had insulted President Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith, leading U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland to comment that the warrant for Youssef’s arrest was “evidence of a disturbing trend of growing restrictions on the freedom of expression.” Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party has condemned her “imprudent” remarks, which it says “constitute a hasty, blatant interference in Egypt’s internal affairs.” Three lawsuits have been brought against Youssef for content of his Daily Show-like satirical news magazine The Program, and a further accusation of disturbing the public order was brought on Monday. The Program is watched by about 30M Middle East viewers on satellite channel CBC, which has also been warned that because of the show, it may be in violation of the terms of its license. Youssef told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that he and Stewart had been corresponding since the weekend’s events — Stewart defended his friend on The Daily Show on Monday night. Read More »

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Jon Stewart Defends His Egyptian Doppelganger Bassem Youssef – And Finds A Way To Rip NBC: Video

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

The Daily Show host managed to work a couple of NBC-Jay Leno jokes into his segment last night defending Bassem Youssef, who’s known as “The Jon Stewart of the Arab World”. Youssef was summoned for questioning by Egypt’s public prosecutor over the … Read More »

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TV Host Known As ‘Jon Stewart Of The Arab World’ Arrested Over Alleged Insults To Egyptian President

Bassem Youssef appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart last June and was at SXSW last month to discuss the evolving roles of comedy, satire and entertainment in the Middle East. Over the weekend, the man known as “The Jon Stewart of the Arab World” was summoned for questioning by Egypt’s public prosecutor after an arrest warrant was issued on accusations of insulting Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith. Youssef appeared in court Sunday where he posted $2,200 bail on three lawsuits filed against him, according to CNN. He wrote on Twitter that there was a fourth pending, but that no date had been given for an investigation. Youssef has been sued before, but this is the first time the prosecutor has followed up with legal action. He joked with Stewart last June about receiving death threats over his show.

A former heart surgeon who is also a practicing Muslim, Youssef rose to popularity with satirical videos he posted on YouTube during the Arab Spring. He segued to satellite TV where his Daily Show-like news mag, The Program, is watched by a reported 30M viewers across the Middle East. Per the BBC, sketches in which Youssef put Morsi’s image on a pillow and separately portrayed him as a pharaoh dubbed “Super Morsi,” so angered one Islamist lawyer that it resulted in a formal complaint leading to the warrant this weekend. Read More »

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Jon Stewart Says Fox News Reaction To Obama Victory Will “Live Forever”: Video

By | Thursday November 8, 2012 @ 7:21am PST

Karl Rove’s Election Night dispute with Fox News’ statisticians after they projected that Ohio would go for President Obama was tailor-made for Jon Stewart. The Daily Show host gleefully says the reporting and disappointed commentary that followed Obama’s victory “will, unlike us, live forever.”

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Did Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert Have Shortest Election Coverage Ever?

Comedy Central went live tonight at 8 PM with their Election Night coverage. But within minutes Obama won re-election and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert barely had time to deliver a punch line. The Daily Show’s Democalypse 2012 started off with a plethora of journalistic cameos including ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, CBS’ Bob Schieffer, NBC’s Tom Brokaw a hologram of Edward R. Murrow and “Anderson Cooper and his golden saxophone.” Patrick Stewart did the intro voice-over. Stewart opened the show with a list of states and Senate races that have already been called. Mitt Romney, Stewart announced, has won “most of the Confederacy”. NBC called Obama’s victory at 8:12 PM but the Daily Show still continued with segments for several minutes. One segment threw Presidential politics forward to 2016 with a fake pundit panel projecting that Hilary Clinton had a 68% chance of victory over Jeb Bush. At 8:21 PM PT, Stewart finally said, “the Presidency is projected to stay in control of the Democratic Party. We are projecting Barack Obama is the President of the United States.” The studio audience went crazy. “House of Representatives, Republican. Senate, Democrats. Presidency, Barack Obama. Two years, $3 billion dollars and we are clearly in the same fucking place we were when it started,” Stewart quickly added. The swearing was blanked out by Comedy Central. In 2008, Stewart and Colbert announced Obama’s win during that year’s live Presidential race show.

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Jon Stewart Rips Pundits & Election Predictions: Video

By | Tuesday November 6, 2012 @ 7:05am PST

On the night before the Presidential election, the Daily Show host tore into all networks over their predictions about will win today. Accountability, or lack thereof, was at the heart of Stewart’s complaint when it came to former Clinton adviser Dick Morris.

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Stephen Colbert & Jon Stewart Talk ‘Hobbit’ & O’Reilly Debate On ‘Kimmel’: Video

Last night Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert made a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live, which is shooting in Brooklyn all week. Among the topics covered were The Daily Show host’s online debate with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly last month and Colbert’s “geek-off” with the cast … Read More »

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‘Daily Show’ & ‘Colbert’ To Go Live On Election Night

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report will broadcast live November 6 on both the East and West coasts. The fake news shows plan Election Night shows at 11 PM/8 … Read More »

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Obama On ‘Daily Show’: Talks “Off Night” At First Debate & ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

By | Thursday October 18, 2012 @ 2:19pm PDT

The “presentation was not the way it needed to be,” President Obama told Jon Stewart on The Daily Show today about his first debate performance against Mitt Romney. Obama claimed he had an “off night” on October 3, according to White House pool reports covering the president’s interview, which is scheduled to air tonight on Comedy Central. In his sixth visit to the faux-news show and second since becoming president, Obama also talked about the bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey as well as national security and economic issues. There’s been a brouhaha over Obama today clinically saying, “if four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.” However, the transcript of the exchange shows that Stewart used the word “optimal” in his question about the killing of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three others in early September and that’s what the President was responding to. Obama’s latest turn on the show comes while he in NYC for fundraisers and the annual Al Smith Dinner, where he and Romney will speak tonight. Here’s the condensed and edited pool report of the interview:

Daily show staff said the studio holds about 220 people in the live audience, and the show is taping about 2 1/2 hours earlier than the normal 6 -6:30 p.m. taping to accommodate POTUS. Potus sat for two segments with Jon Stewart of roughly seven minutes apiece, broken up by a commercial break. … He sat across from Stewart at the interview desk with two blue mugs on it. Obama did not remove the lid from his. The president spoke on topics ranging from the choice between him and Romney to the political gridlock in Washington to Benghazi to Guantanamo.

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Jon Stewart Mocks Fox News’ Reaction To Candy Crowley’s Debate Moderating: Video

The Daily Show host kicked off last night with the rebound of Barack Obama in the second Presidential debate. Jon Stewart gave particular attention to the way the now-engaged incumbent (and tonight’s Daily Show guest) handled rival Mitt Romney’s assertion that he did not immediately call last … Read More »

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Showtime Orders Second Election-Themed Special From Larry Wilmore

By | Wednesday October 17, 2012 @ 3:43pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: First it was Utah and now The Daily Show correspondent is taking his Race, Religion & Sex show to Florida. Showtime has picked up a Larry Wilmore special from the Sunshine swing state to … Read More »

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Obama Back On ‘The Daily Show’ Oct. 18

By | Friday October 12, 2012 @ 1:19pm PDT

Nearly two years since his last visit, President Obama is set to appear again on Comedy Central’s fake news show next week. The October 18 visit will be Obama’s sixth sit-down with Jon Stewart. The last … Read More »

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Jon Stewart Batters Obama Campaign’s Big Bird Ad: Video

By | Thursday October 11, 2012 @ 12:50am PDT

First the production company behind Sesame Street wanted President Obama’s campaign to take down the ad they put out Tuesday using Big Bird to slam Mitt Romney’s plan to cut PBS federal funding. Now The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has gone after the incumbent for … Read More »

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‘The Daily Show’ Rips Fox News For Slamming ‘Sesame Street’; Jon Stewart Goes Full Muppet: Video

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 7:53am PDT

The fallout over Mitt Romney’s presidential debate promise to cut federal funds to PBS continues with Jon Stewart turning the argument against Sesame Street on its fuzzy head. Then it’s a visit to This Week With George Snuffleupagus. Watch the video:

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‘The Daily Show’ Strike: Patrick Stewart Joins As Scab Correspondent: Video

By | Thursday September 27, 2012 @ 12:48am PDT

Inspired by the NFL referees lockout, The Daily Show correspondents went on strike last night. Actors were brought on board to take the place of seasoned regulars like John Oliver. Unlike the now-resolved NFL labor dispute, the replacements were — at least in the eyes of Jon Stewart … Read More »

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Jon Stewart Rips Obama For Appearing On ‘View’, Not Meeting World Leaders: Video

By | Wednesday September 26, 2012 @ 8:36am PDT

In New York to address the United Nations yesterday, President Obama also made time for a pre-taped visit with Barbara Walters and her co-hosts on The View. But, as The Daily Show host noted last night, Obama did not make time for “high-level prez-on-prez action.” … Read More »

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