The departure of Glenn Beck from his nationally syndicated Fox News program has drawn reactions from both the right and the left, but it appears Beck's exit from television news has been a sad event from an unexpected source – Jon Stewart. Stewart took to his own show, Comedy Central's hit The Daily Show, and expressed his remorse (albeit full of Stewart's trademark sarcasm) at Beck's leaving through a skit dedicated to the conservative pundit.
Stewart began his skit saying he would inform the public about any possible threats in a "melodramatic way" and by using "some unusual camera angles," obviously roasting Beck's usual style and approach. Stewart continued "you would know that I was telling you the truth, not because I have told you the truth in the past, I haven't. Not because I know what the truth is, I don't. But because I would tell it to you while wearing glasses." The audience laughed heartily as Stewart modeled a pair of square frame glasses conspicuously similar to the style worn by Beck. "America I can sit you and tell you the news, but..." Stewart added, pausing in mid-sentence before stating "you already know the news," and playing a clip of Beck's former CNN colleague Anderson Cooper announcing Beck's departure from Fox News. Every ironic bone in Stewart's body was on display as he concluded "I'm devastated."
Stewart continued to flay Beck by playing a clip of Beck comparing himself to Paul Revere, the famed American Revolutionary, before cutting back to Stewart who deadpanned "you sweet, sweet humble man." Stewart deduced that the only difference between Beck and Revere was that people actually believed Revere when he said the British were coming, referring to the British invasion of the thirteen colonies in the 1770s and to Beck's scare tactics which are infused with his conservative domestic and foreign policy beliefs. With the audience in stitches it was hard for that night's guest, chef Jamie Oliver, to trump Stewart's act.
Although Stewart may not have to worry about competition with Beck's program any longer, there is one thing about Beck that Stewart will miss – the chance to poke fun at him, lamenting "he was great for business."
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