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  • Stewart’s satire, news took genre to new level

    Yahoo! - 02/12/2015

    The 52-year-old Stewart, who announced this week he is leaving the Comedy Central show this year after 16 years, created a widely acclaimed program that gave many viewers, especially young ones, a reason to care about the news.

    Stewart and the show “made the news more relevant for a lot of young people,” said Ken Paulson, president of the Newseum’s First Amendment Center and former editor in chief at USA Today.

    “It created an incentive for people to learn more about the world around them.”

    While the genre of satirical news is not new, “Stewart did it better than anyone else,” said Dan Kennedy, a journalism professor at Northeastern University.

    “He just seemed to have a smarter and more analytical take on the news than any of the predecessors, and as a result, I think Stewart emerged as our most perceptive media critic.”

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