Emmy for Ethos
While The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is a comedy show first, there is a great deal of substance to it as well. The mock-reporters, bleeping of profanity and satirical expressions of anger serve as the sugar that helps to diminish the bitter taste of reality that is political news. These elements of the show should not be taken as an insult to the journalistic world but rather be seen as adding to the show's ethos. And the show's ethos, as demonstrated by the Aristotlelian argument made by Jonathan Barbur and Trischa Goodnow and the recent television awards show, is what is needed by a good variety show to earn it a tenth Emmy award.