Jon Stewart Turns Barbs Against Obama

President's turn as butt of Daily Show spurs partisan buzz
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2010 7:22 AM CST
FILE - In this March 12, 2009 file photo, Jon Stewart hosts a taping of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, file)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama hasn't just lost the earnest liberals; Jon Stewart's recent barbs show the honeymoon is also over with left-leaning comedy. Stewart is a "pop-culture bellwether," Howard Kurtz writes in the Washington Post, so left and right alike took notice last week when Stewart ripped the president for speaking to schoolkids with a teleprompter.

No matter that there were no kids—only journalists—in the classroom. FoxNation gleefully reported "Jon Stewart mocks Obama's teleprompter dependence." Other liberals have also come under Stewart's fire recently: He gave Keith Olbermann a nasty lashing, saying he had once "toiled in the fields of the factual," but was now "just kind of calling people names." Still, Kurtz notes, Obama is a long way from being Stewart's new Bush: "We've all seen Jon Stewart fire his comic bazooka. With Obama, he's merely using a popgun."

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