From "If It's Sunday...."
To "Not The Hero You Chumps Need
But The Hero You Chumps Deserve"
From Time magazine:
Could Jon Stewart Have Put Sunday Morning Shows Out of Their Misery?He reportedly turned down an offer to host Meet the Press. If so, too bad for NBC--but probably best for himAccording to New York Magazine, before NBC hired Chuck Todd to take over Meet the Press, the network wanted to revive its flagging Sunday show by hiring a professional comedian to host it. Sounds like the sort of desperate, cynical move Jon Stewart would make fun of on The Daily Show. Except, says New York, that host was Jon Stewart:Before choosing Todd, NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart about hosting Meet the Press, according to three senior television sources with knowledge of the talks. One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually “anything” to bring him over. “They were ready to back the Brinks truck up,” the source said. A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment. James Dixon, Stewart’s agent, did not respond to multiple requests for comment....
Jon Stewart is one of the reasons the Sunday Mouse Circus is dying. Because he and a few others do the job teh Sunday Shows are supposed to be doing -- pointing a camera at the grotesque, lethal dysfunction which Conservatives politicians and media have inflicted on this country and asking why the fuck are we allowing this to continue -- and doing it infinitely better than any one of them ever could.
But of course, the work Jon does -- planting his feet and telling the truth with twist of funny -- is the absolute mirror opposite of the business model of the network's gasbag cavalcade. The two cannot occupy the same space at the same time without something going "boom", and I suspect that the real bosses -- all of the defense and oil companies whose advertising dollars keep the Mouse Circus afloat -- would much rather watch John McCain get his 1,000th televised Sunday Morning tongue bath than watch Jon Stewart tear down the entire bath house one moldy brick at a time.