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December 12, 2008

Props to Jon Stewart and Presidential Fist Bumps

After reading this week's Entertainment Weekly's "25 Smartest People in TV," I have to ask: Jon Stewart - No. 24?!  Really?!  He barely made it?!  Stewart ranked behind America's Top Model host Tara Banks, Gossip Girl executive producer Josh Schwartz, and a slew of studio presidents.  Perhaps EW needs to redefine the word "smart."

After this historic election year, surely Stewart deserves to be in the top ten of all time.  Night after night, The Daily Show host and executive producer saved our sanity from TV's 24-hour news dribble and high-tech distraction (including those absurd CNN holograms).  Stewart not only entertained us with campaign ridiculousness, he infused it with his signature sardonic brand of intelligence.  No other late night host captures that same brilliant blend of smarts and laughs.  

Even after the election, Stewart didn't lose his edge (although some think he may once George W. Bush leaves office - who is he going to make fun of now?).  His comment on the auto industry bail out last week was spot on, and his interview segments retain their educated, yet improvised humor.  (I wouldn't be surprised if he actually reads many of the books he covers - something real news hosts don't even do.)


The Daily Show's regular epilogue "Moment of Zen" last night featured President Bush's questionable actions at this year's National Christmas Tree Lighting.  When Santa Claus held out his hand for his presidential hand shake, Bush instead presented his fist for a holiday bump.  Could this actually mean the President and Santa are... can we say it... terrorists?

If Santa really is a terrorist, I recommend you listen to Stewart's Hanukkah duet with Steven Colbert sung on "A Colbert Christmas."  It may just convince you that the Jewish holiday is better than Christmas... or not.

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