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Jon Stewart, “Daily Show” win night’s best Bin Laden report

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jon Stewart showed last night why many Americans turn to “The Daily Show” for their news over traditional television outlets such as ABC, CBS or NBC.

The talk show host and comedian didn’t bother to mask his glee when reporting on the much-covered death of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden. Using his trademark blend of wit and seriousness, Stewart said what’s basically on the minds of most New Yorkers – heck, most Americans – at the time of Bin Laden’s death.

“I suppose I should be expressing some ambivalence about the targeted killing of another human being, and yet, uh, no,” Stewart said during Monday night’s “Daily Show” episode.

“I just want details. What look did he give when Bin Laden realized the helicopters overhead were not giving traffic and weather updates? You think he pulled a [Macauley] Culkin? Maybe he gave a little more dramatic chipmunk?” Stewart joked, referencing pop culture staples and Internet viral video as he poked fun, reverently, at the day’s largest news story.

But Stewart earned the biggest bonus points, in my book anyway, for wearing his emotions on his sleeve as he “reported” the story, putting an honest face on his show that the phony newscasters can’t replicate or understand.

“I am way too close to this whole episode to be rational about this in any way shape or form,” Stewart said. “Last night was a good night for me, and not just New York or D.C. or America, but for human people.”

Amen. You can see the clip over on Gawker.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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