While Stewart leans left on most issues, he didn't have blinders on to either side of the political spectrum. No one was off-limits, not being "owned" by either party - unlike most of our so-called media outlets. After Walter Cronkite died, Jon Stewart was chosen the most trusted newscaster in the US by Time magazine. I think that trust comes from the compassion that he shows for us regular people at the mercy of those in power.
And even though his job was to point out the issues we face, he also got sh%& done - most notably his advocacy for a bill that provided health care for 9/11 first responders and over the health care delays Veterans dealt with after returning home from service. He was very critical over the V.A.'s handling of their cases under Obama's watch, and in response to his criticism the VA changed its rules doubling the number of Vets eligible for a program that would help expedite their care.
And now he's gone from the show.
I read a quote yesterday that summed up my feelings about this end-of-an-era perfectly..."It was never up to Jon to fix things, but now we don't even have that one beloved and trusted voice to point out the absurdity of the people pretending these things don't need fixing." Exactly.
The last show on Thursday night was longer than the usual 30 minutes. It started out with all the show's present and past "correspondents" (many who have gone on to big entertainment careers like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Josh Gad, Olivia Munn) bidding farewell to a teary host. Stewart then gave his goodbye with a commentary urging his audience not to accept misinformation as truth. It was a cheer-worthy sermon, a good reminder. The show ended with Bruce Springsteen signing "Land of Hopes and Dreams" and "Born to Run" (which, by the way, is when I got a bit emotional.) This is a good edit of clips from it...
I'm not sure if I will watch the Daily Show when it returns in September with its new host. I haven't warmed up to him as he doesn't seem as compassionate as Stewart is. But I may give it a go and see what happens. I will miss the show as I know it. So long Jon Stewart!