Last night The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart brought Brian Williams from NBC’s Nightly news onto his program for the third time in the last 12 months. It’s not surprising that Williams is on so much – he and Stewart have a relaxed rapport, and he’s displayed almost savant-like comedic chops in other arenas. What was surprising was something Stewart appeared to say a couple minutes into the interview – something that, if he meant it as it sounded, goes against everything he’s ever said about his Daily Show work.
Stewart and Williams had an entertaining conversation – again, the two have good chemistry. Of course, one of the main areas of questioning involved Williams’ recent trip to Haiti, before the two mostly goofed off for the last two minutes. Which is fine – it’s a comedy show, after all, which Stewart has never been shy about. That’s what made it all the more jarring, when about 1:50 in, he said this:
Here’s what I’m curious about, honestly, as a journalist. You’re a journalist, I’m not a journalist. You’re a journalist.
If he really called himself a journalist, even briefly, it shows that even for the fake reporter, fake reporting can feel like the real thing. Watch below and decide what you think Stewart meant.
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