The Infuriating Thing About Jon Stewart Is Also Why He'll Be Missed

The Daily Show host had a habit of using his role as a comedian as a defense for skewering opponents.

at ZACH Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

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Jon Stewart, who announced on his show tonight that he is going to retire from The Daily Show later this year, had this habit in public life that I found absolutely infuriating until about seven seconds after word of his impending retirement leaked online this evening. Stewart would take some strong political stance on his show, or as a guest on someone else’s show, and then when he was challenged on it, he wouldn’t cede exactly, but he would immediately defend himself with some variation on, “Hey, I’m just a comedian!” 

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