Last night, for his penultimate episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart looked back as his unfortunately failed history of “eviscerating” everything from ISIS to racism to Fox News. “What the fuck is going on here?!” he asked in mock disbelief. “The world is demonstrably worse than when I started! Have I caused this?! Have my efforts all been for naught?”
Yes, perhaps Mediaite and dozens of other websites were a little overzealous with our headline verbiage over the years. And maybe Stewart did not really “decimate,” “destroy” or “annihilate” any of the institutions he so routinely mocked.
But he did deliver some of the most scathing critiques of the powers that be during the course of his 16-year run, and definitely got at least one cable news show canceled. Here are some of our favorites…
“Stop hurting America.” Stewart’s most successful evisceration did not even happen on The Daily Show, but rather on CNN’s Crossfire, which was taken off the air months later. “I agree wholeheartedly with Jon Stewart’s overall premise,” CNN’s then-president Jonathan Klein admitted at the time.
George W. Bush
Rather than choose just one of Stewart’s many segments about George W. Bush, here is a compilation of the host doing his uncanny impression of our 43rd president.
Before Stewart faced off with CNBC’s Jim Cramer one-on-one, deftly using his own clips against him, the host delivered this brutal analysis of his financial advice show, culminating in a big, “Fuck you!”
In response to Glenn Beck’s “9/12 Project,” Stewart pulled out his chalkboard and announced his own “11/3 Project,” which eventually became the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.”
Stewart fired back at Fox News media critic Bernie Goldberg by inviting a gospel choir to sing “Go fuck yourself!”
John Oliver may have made his name mocking “Carlos Danger” but it was Stewart who got the first crack at his old friend’s “distinguished member” two years earlier.
It was Mitt Romney’s 47% comments that helped Stewart come to the conclusion that Fox News would be better off named “Bullshit Mountain.”
Donald Trump and Sarah Palin
There is nothing Stewart hates more than people eating pizza with a knife and fork.
Stewart was mostly just baffled by Megyn Kelly’s white Santa Claus argument. “Who are you actually talking to?” he asked. “Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o’clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real, yet racist enough to be freaked out that he isn’t white?”
When Sean Hannity threatened to leave New York, Stewart got regular New Yorkers to beg him to stay.
Over the years, Jon Stewart didn’t so much “eviscerate” Mitch McConnell as quietly mock him into submission, culminating with this nifty #McConnelling trick.
From 9/11 to mass shootings to police killing unarmed black men, sometime Stewart needed to strip away the jokes and get serious to make his point. “I honestly don’t know what to say,” the host admitted after nobody was indicted for killing Eric Garner. “If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more fucking time.”
Fox News… Again
Just this week, Stewart gave Fox News the send-off of a lifetime by taking on Howard Kurtz’s evidence-free accusations that he is an Obama “propagandist.”
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