Jon Stewart Is Retiring, and it's Going to Be (Kind of) Okay | Mark Lashley

February 13, 2015 8:21 PM

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Jon Stewart Is Retiring, and it's Going to Be (Kind of) Okay | Mark Lashley

When the news broke Tuesday night that longtime Daily Show host Jon Stewart would be leaving his post in the coming months, the level of trauma on the internet was palpable. Some expected topics arose, within hours -- minutes, even -- of the announcement trickling out. Why would Stewart leave now? What's his plan? Who should replace him? Could the next Daily Show host be a woman? (Of course). Is this an elaborate ruse for Stewart to take over the NBC Nightly News? (Of course not).

So much of the sadness and confusion associated with the loss of the great Jon Stewart is the sense that Stewart was (and is) a wry and stalwart truth-teller, breaking apart the fictions of the 24-hour cable news machine. And he's been great at that. Until his protégé Stephen Colbert perfected a cha...

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