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Fake news: Jon Stewart says the media has become an "information-laundering scheme"

Jon Stewart is a seasoned satirical news expert. Last night (Nov. 30) in New York City, the former Daily Show host took aim at the real media, commenting on its failures in the latest election cycle and its loss of trust among Americans. “What the media has become is an information-laundering system,” Stewart said, citing the thin, porous line between news published by mainstream media and fake news.

Stewart was speaking at a “Times Talk,” organized by The New York Times, for Chris Smith’s book, The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart. It’s been 16 months since he left the popular late night comedy show, after 16 years as host.

Stewart described the “information laundering” as the progressive surfacing of news—fake, or otherwise—from unverified sources into the mainstream. Because second-hand reporting is so common, he said, and is often done without serious vetting of sources, even relatively reputable news organizations will…

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