"Conservatives like Stewart because he's providing them a platform to
reach an audience that usually tunes them out. And they often find that
Stewart takes them more seriously than right-wing political hosts, who
are often just using them to validate their broad positions, do. Stewart
will poke fun, but he offers a good-faith debate on powder kegs ?
torture, ***, nuclear weapons, health care ? that explode on other
networks. "Shepard Smith did the same discussion [on torture]," says
May. "He kept yelling me at me: 'This is where I get off the bus! Not in
my name!' He wasn't arguing with me. It was just assertions and anger.
That's not what Jon deals in.""