I love The Daily Show. We went to see it being taped back on August 3rd. It was incredible to see how they do the whole show in just one take, breaking only for commercials. At the show we saw there was no editing and no re-takes. They got it right the first time, with impeccable comic timing.
But, even more impressive is that Jon Stewart can actually have an intelligent discussion with a guest, with comedy mixed in. Last night, he had Betsy McCaughey on the show. It was her op-ed piece that started the 'death panel' ruckus, although she never used that phrase. Instead, she said that the health care bill called for "euthanasia for the elderly", which is not true.
Jon Stewart does a great job interviewing her. The interview ran long for the show, but is captured in three parts on the web site. It's worth watching. It also makes me long for more meaningful discussion of these issues on real news shows.