Dowd then allows that they all do the same thing -- use humor to tackle issues of the day, but shyly insists, "I think they do it better." Ya think? How gracious of you. She tastelessly wonders at one point if they became comics because of what happened when they were each ten years old (Stewart's parents went through an ugly divorce and Colbert's dad and two of his brothers died in a plane crash.) Yes, they're laughing on the outside because they're crying on the inside. But the article was over for me at the very beginning, when Dowd managed to ask an absurdly pompous question while working in a plug for her own catchphrase and book "Bushworld." Happily, Stewart skewers her immediately.
DOWD: A fake news show, "The Daily Show," spawned a fake commentator, Colbert, who makes his own fake reality defending the fake reality of a real president, and has government officials on who know the joke but are still willing to be mocked by someone fake. Your shows are like mirrors within mirrors, using a cycle of fakery to get to the truth. You've tapped into a sense in society that nothing, from reality shows to Bushworld, is real anymore. Do you guys ever get confused by your hall of mirrors?
STEWART: I didn't know we were going to have to be high to do this interview.