Oscar host has issues

Jon Stewart's fake-news expertise should be an asset

March 05, 2006|By STEPHEN KIEHL | STEPHEN KIEHL,SUN REPORTER

Jon Stewart may have been the only person who wasn't thrilled with the news that he would be host for this year's Academy Awards. "As an avid watcher of the Oscars," he said in a statement, "I can't help but be a little disappointed with the choice."

Stewart, as host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, has built a reputation for needling the establishment. His biting, sarcastic coverage of the 2004 presidential election -- dubbed Indecision 2004 -- made him a media darling, and his fake news show is watched by 1.4 million people each night.

THE 78TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS / / Live broadcast tonight, beginning at 8 p.m. / / ABC

Oscars online

At baltimoresun.com/oscars, you'll find stories, photos, audio, video, poll questions, the complete list of nominees and an area in which to post comments about the 78th annual Academy Awards. During the telecast tonight (8 p.m., WMAR-Channel 2), you'll find "The Envelope," comprehensive online coverage of the entire Oscars evening.

Tomorrow in The Sun, find a full report on the Oscars - from the trophies to the fashion. And for more news and photos,go to baltimoresun.com/oscars.

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