12/26. Jon Stewart's interview with CNBC personality Jim Cramer was considered to be a journalistic triumph for Stewart. A few months later, a TIME.com poll posed the question, "Now that Walter Cronkite has passed on, who is America's most trusted newscaster?" Stewart won with 44% in a four-way race with Brian Williams, Katie Couric and Charles Gibson.
13/26. Beginning in 2004, every couple of weeks or so, before a commercial break, Jon Stewart would introduce a "new, exciting, already canceled spin-off" of The Daily Show (1996), followed by "clips" from "The Colbert Réport" with Stephen Colbert adding "It's French, b****!" The brief segments consisted of Colbert ranting about news stories and yelling at politicians in fake interviews, using archive footage. These segments became so popular that "The Colbert Report" did actually become a spin-off, The Colbert Report (2005), in 2005.
14/26. According to an October 7, 2003 "USA Today" article, this show is pulled together in the following way: a researcher scans major newspapers, the Associated Press and cable news channels, then gives possible topics to the ten writers. These meet to discuss headline material for the lead news segment. By 11:15 a.m., they meet with Jon Stewart, and by 12:30 p.m., they have come up with jokes for the day's show. The cast hold a rehearsal, then the show is taped at 6:30 p.m. in front of an audience.
15/26. Comedy Central also produced a version of this show for viewers on CNN International called "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Global Edition." It was shown every weekend and contained excerpts from the past week's episodes, giving more focus on global rather than U.S. issues. The Global Edition ran in the format of headlines, report, celebrity interview. Stewart taped an exclusive introduction and outro for the Global Edition (sometimes in front of the audience, other times not), and the "moment of Zen," was called "the international moment of Zen."
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