"Daily Show" host Jon Stewart claimed this week that the U.S. was "spending a trillion dollars" to rebuild Afghanistan's schools while failing to "put a little taste Baltimore's way." While Stewart was likely exaggerating for comic effect, the numbers don't support his hyperbole. "In a direct comparison of federal spending on Baltimore schools and spending on Afghanistan education, Baltimore easily comes out on top," writes Glenn Kessler.
Jon Stewart says was driven to leave his gig as "Daily Show" host in part because he couldn't stomach another 16 years of trawling through cable news clips. "Watching these channels all day is incredibly depressing," Stewart says. "I live in a constant state of depression."
Viacom faces several major business challenges, including the departures of two key executives and the planned exit of "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, as well as a decline in the TV ad market. Viacom hopes to get its ratings back on track through partnerships with three ad agencies and metrics firms that will let its networks fully capture multiplatform viewing by tracking set-top box, online and mobile audiences.
The people of Ohio are being bombarded with campaign ads, prompting "Daily Show" political correspondent Wyatt Cenac to seek refuge in a bomb shelter as he reports on the Ohioans' ordeal. Tragically, most have working televisions and phones, so there is no relief from ubiquitous politicking, he reports. Meanwhile, host Jon Stewart makes sure Cenac has enough water.