Jon Stewart shares conventional wisdom
By Paul J. Gough
DENVER (Hollywood Reporter) - As he gets ready to preside over his third set of political conventions, "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart said that from the show's standpoint, it doesn't matter who wins the presidency in November.
"For our show, it's absolutely irrelevant who's president," Stewart said Monday morning at a small gathering of reporters before his Comedy Central show begins its telecasts from the Democratic National Convention here.
"The jokes will be there, I'm confident," he said.
He declined to say whom he would vote for in November, but he said he thinks he has made up his mind.
"I think they would both be decent presidents," Stewart said. He made no bones about his dislike for the Bush administration, saying that it hadn't governed with public honor.
"I think they'll (McCain and Obama) both govern from a place that is far less imperious," Stewart said.
But Stewart didn't reserve his fire for the Bush administration. He criticized the 24-hour cable news cycle, the sometimes cozy relationship of journalists and their sources in politics and government, and the evening newscasts.
Speaking to a room of print reporters from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and elsewhere, he said that the country's news agenda shouldn't be led by the 24-hour news channels. Continued...