On Thursday night’s Daily Show Jon Stewart turned to camera three one last time, to discuss “bulls—.”
Stewart spent the last 16 years weeding through the nonsense of politicians, celebrities, and most frequently, the media. He used his final show as an opportunity to specify the types of distractions of which to be wary.
There is the necessary, general day-to-day bullsh— which “provides social contract fertilizer,” Stewart said. But then there is the “premeditated, institutional bulls— designed to obscure and distract … making bad things sound like good things” and the bullsh— of infinite possibility: “We can’t do anything because we don’t yet know everything.”
Stewart ended his speech by encouraging the viewer to be the sensor in his wake, because it’s getting easier to detect; the perpetrators of B.S. are getting lazy.
“The best defense against bullsh— is vigilance. So if you smell something, say something,” Stewart said at the close.
Text of Stewart’s final speech is below.