“The media. It sounds like a convention of spirtualists.” -Tom Stoppard
This is a eally interesting article from the New York Times magazine talking about why conservatives love Jon Stewart.
Essentially, many conservatives think that Stewart gives them a fair platform on which to present their views. They appreciate the challenge he proves and that he engages in respectful debate.
I do disagree with a few points the author (Jacob Gershman) makes. First, he contends that,
“While the movement professes a disdain for the “liberal media elite,” it has
made an exception for the true-blue 46-year-old comedian.”
And I disagree. While some like Bill Kristol and Newt Gingrich may not lump Stewart in with the “liberal media elite,” many of their counterparts do. So while some conservatives may respect Stewart more, certainly not all do.
Further, Gershman suggests that Stewart isn’t as hard on his liberal guests on his conservative ones. Perhaps this is true. However, Stewart did call Harry Reid the "worst guest ever."