Jon Stewart Evolves Into 'True Satirist'

His attacks on President Obama prove he's not a partisan hack
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2010 3:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – Jon Stewart has turned on President Obama without mercy, proving himself to be a "true satirist" instead of a partisan ideologue, writes Matt Zoller Seitz. Stewart will go after anyone, but he "reserves particular scorn for those who reawakened his sense of hope just long enough to exploit it," writes Seitz at Salon.

This, of course, makes Obama enemy No. 1. He "sold himself as something more than just another politician, and with each passing week that performance is becoming harder to buy." Stewart takes delight in destroying the "shyster packaging" of politicians, and Obama—the onetime anti-thug now embracing war language for the Gulf spill—is giving him plenty to go after.

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