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When The Daily Show debuted in 1996, there was little to suggest what it would become. Despite the desires of creator Lizz Winstead, both the Comedy Central execs and host Craig Kilbourn set a tone for the series that was more a parody of infotainment and less a trenchant satire of modern news media.