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July 11, 2003

In 2003 Jon Stewart appeared on NOW WITH BILL MOYERS. During that conversation they touched on matters from the state of politics and the state of comedy:
MOYERS: I do not know whether you are practicing a old form of parody and satire. Or a new form of journalism.

STEWART: Well then that either speaks to the sad state of comedy or the sad state of news. I can't figure out which one. I think, honestly, we're practicing a new form of desperation. Where we just are so inundated with mixed messages from the media and from politicians that we're just trying to sort it out for ourselves.

To the role of the media:
STEWART: The other news networks, you know, they have this idea that they're being objective. But news has never been objective. It's always… what does every newscast start with? "Our top stories tonight." That's a list. That's an object… that's a subjective… some editor made a decision: "Here's our top stories. #1: There's a fire in the Bronx. #2: They arrested Martha Stewart."

Whatever… however you place those stories, is a subjective ranking as much as AFI's "100 Best Films in the World" is. So why not take advantage of that and actually analyze what you do think is important and make that… I will guarantee you, in the newsrooms across the country, they don't believe the Laci Petersen story is the most important story that they have to deal with. I guarantee it!

These are topics Stewart and Moyers returned to in 2007. Watch the full 2003 interview with Jon Stewart and check back after broadcast for the full 2007 show online!



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