Although, he has left the “Daily Show”, comedian Jon Stewart is being pulled back into the political atmosphere with an online petition requesting the former “Daily Show” host moderate a 2016 presidential debate.
“Over the last 16 years, Jon Stewart has played an influential and iconic role in covering US politics and media. We believe he should continue that tradition as a moderator at one of the 2016 Presidential Debates,” the petition reads.
The petition has over 160,000 signatures at the time of this writing with an expected goal of 200,000, which doesn’t seem too far off given the political satirist’s influence and popularity.
“Jon Stewart is more than qualified to tackle the moderating job. Mr. Stewart has interviewed 15 heads of state, 22 members of the United States Cabinet, 32 members of the United States Senate, 7 members of the United States House of Representatives, and scores of other political leaders from this country and around the world while establishing himself as the most trusted person in (satirical) news,” the petition continues.
As the petition notes, Stewart is not only qualified he is trusted by the American youth among an increasingly dishonest and deceptive field that has led most to be wary and skeptical of the media. According to the Pew Research Center, the "Daily Show" is more trusted than Bloomberg and Al Jazeera America and only slightly behind the Huffington Post.
However, despite Stewart’s trustworthiness and capability, he may not be so keen on hosting a debate given one of the reasons he left the show was because he just couldn’t handle another election.