Steven Colbert got his start on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," but has he, with "The Colbert Report," eclipsed his mentor? To settle the debate, the Los Angeles Times pits the comedians against each other, comparing their interview styles, humor, guests, books, segments, stunts, and more. LOL factor is low, but the analysis is seductive.
Colbert gets points for his lightning wit, razor-sharp "The Word" segment, and genius presidential bid. Veteran Stewart scores for his bulldog interviews, moral outrage, and successfully playing straight-man to an evolving cast of talents. With the one deliberately annoying, the other misleadingly affable, the Times finds it tough to say who's "the most trusted voice in fake news."