Stewart and ''Daily Show'' staffers ink a book deal that will,
not surprisingly, take a satirical look at politics.
Stewart, the snarky host of ''The Daily Show,'' will offer a satirical
take on the political system in the tentatively titled ''A Guide
to Democracy Inaction,'' to be published by Warner Books (part
of AOL Time Warner, parent company of EW) in time for the '04
presidential elections. Warner, which insiders say paid $1.25
million for the book, was one of about half a dozen publishers
that met with Stewart and his agent, Dan Strone, CEO of the Trident
Media Group. ''There was nothing on paper,'' says an exec who
attended one of the meetings. According to the source, Stewart
and his ''Daily Show'' staff promised, ''We put together a show
every day; we'll write a book that's just as good as the show.''
Warner publisher Jamie Raab, who acquired the book, was unavailable