Daily Show' Star Explains Lampoon Of Politicians
Steve Kroft Interviews Comedy Central's Jon Stewart
A big reason why Comedy Central's "Daily Show"
won a Peabody Award for its satirical election coverage was its
send-up of last summer's political conventions.
And that coverage was easy, says the show's
host, because political conventions and comedy shows are a match
made in heaven.
"We're a fake news organization covering
a fake news event," Jon Stewart tells Steve Kroft in a 60 MINUTES
interview to be broadcast Sunday at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Calling a convention "a promotional ad for
the party," Stewart says, "We, as a fake news organization, should
have been the only ones there. But there were 15,000 of you [journalists]
just walking around."
The popularity of "The Daily Show With Jon
Stewart" is not lost on journalists or on the politicians, who
have been guests on the program knowing full well that the humor
will probably be at their expense.
Stewart tells Kroft: "Who loves more than to
come on [the show] and go, 'You're right kid, we're full of hot
air. Wink,' and then go back to running the world?"
What does Stewart think of the man running
While President Bush may be funny privately,
Stewart tells Kroft, "when I see him on television, he's acting.
Is he a good actor? Not really."
Stewart says he is amazed by the people who
say Mr. Bush looked presidential at the inauguration: "He was
being sworn in as President! What did you expect?"