FROM Hank Stuever
Jon Stewart’s Legacy on News and Politics Jon Stewart’s announcement that he’ll be leaving The Daily Show was almost an after-thought at the end of his program on Tuesday. Stewart’s been at it for 16 years—but he hit it big in the year 2000 as the US Supreme Court was deciding the case of Bush v. Gore—and the winner of the presidential election. Stewart didn’t invent political satire, but he updated it during the rise of the Internet and the decline of public trust in news on TV and cable. Now that he’s leaving The Daily Show, we’ll look at his influence on journalism and politics.
The TV Characters We Love to Scorn On Sunday, two series return to the airwaves — the HBO's Girls and Showtime's Shameless . Girls features as its main character a 24-year old woman who is so self-absorbed and self-sabotaging that we can't believe we're tuning in. Shameless is the American version of its British namesake, featuring the Gallagher clan of Chicago, who deal with lying, stealing, alcoholism and prurient sex. Hank Stuever, TV critic for the Washington Post , muses on why this despicable behavior has become so popular.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.