I've met Mr Stewart twice in my life, and the second time was during a taping of TDSwJS on June 21st 2005
My dad drove myself and a friend to the taping, and it was really cool
The reason I'm telling you about it is that now that every episode of TDSwJS is online for free at TDS website, you'll be able to check out and verify what I'm about to share with you
If anyone has ever been to a TDS taping, you know that Mr Stewart likes to take questions from the audience beforehand. Well, I was selected for my unique qualities (just kidding, he just pointed at me for reasons unknown), and I was able to ask him a question
While in the years since that taping Stewart has given some hard hitting interviews, at the time he was most famous for softballing guests like War Criminal Henry Kissinger . When he had public figures on his couch who he'd covered on the show, he rarely asked tough questions or pressed the point with follow ups
So, I asked
"I love your show and respect what you do, but you're one of the few voices out there in the media landscape who bothers to address the hypocrisy we see around us every day amd when you interview your political guests, you ask soft ball questions and let people like Kissinger off far too easily. I guess my question is... Why?"
Stewart was a little stunned, and tried to blow it off with humor saying that he ran a comedy show and that tough interviews were CNN's job.
(I've always wondered if my public confrontation could have played some small role in his future interview style, because later that year he spoke with Bernard Goldberg and gave his first really abrasive combative interview -- something he no longer shies away from these days. Could I shamed him into taking action?)
Anyway, when the show started and Stewart was talking about the schedule for the night, he said (paraphrasing, but you can check the actual tape at TDS website) "And tonight we have Dwight Yokam.. and I won't let him off the hook with easy questions, I'm going to be tough and get the answers!"
Everyone in the audience laughed, knowing that he'd just made an on air joke about my question
No one at home in America knew the context though
I thought that was pretty special and wanted to share. Hope you found it interesting