Stewart, Colbert, Head to Head

The LA Times rates the two purveyor of fake news
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2007 9:41 AM CDT
Jon Stewart poses for photographers at the 28th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards gala Monday Sept. 24, 2007 in New York. Stewart was a presenter at the event. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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."