What Is ‘The Media’? (Jon Stewart Edition)

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If the Jon Stewart-hosted Daily Show was media criticism in the guise of comedy, it was a very particular kind of criticism of a very particular kind of media. Stewart and his merry band of satirists, for the most part, aimed their jokes at the bright and broad target of cable TV news: Fox, MSNBC, and CNN. And The Daily Show was, as itself a parody of a televised newsmagazine, especially equipped to do that: If you’re going to mock something, you should, at a bare minimum, understand the way it works.

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