- Acceptable Targets: During Stewart's run, pretty much everyone, but especially other news sources like Fox News or CNN. Noah's run averted this for the most part, being aware that there are more news sources now (though the previously cited channels receiving broad criticism for their coverage of the 2016 presidential election eventually made them also join in for a while):
Trevor Noah: The Daily Show was based on an emerging 24 hour news cycle, that's everything it was, that's what inspired The Daily Show. Now you look at news and it's changed. It's no longer predicated around 24 hour news. There are so many different choices. Half of it is online now. Now you've got the Gawkers, the Buzzfeeds. The way people are drawing their news is soundbites and headlines and click-bait links has changed everything. The biggest challenge is going to be an exciting one I'm sure is how are we going to bring all of that together looking at it from a bigger lens as opposed to just going after one source — which was historically Fox News.
- Misaimed Fandom: Quite a few people get their news from the show, much to the chagrin of the producers and Jon Stewart. Stewart even recorded a promo once yelling for those people to stop. However, he's seemed to embrace his position as the voice of reason in the news world, a position that Noah also was eager to embrace, as his "War on Bullshit" speech during his first episode attested.
- Older Than They Think: The Indecision (year) titles for elections actually predates the show, going back to the Comedy Central coverage of the 1992 election, hosted by Al Franken and Arianna Huffington.
- Replacement Scrappy:
- John Oliver's character seems to view himself as such, as do the other correspondents' characters. In real life, his guest-hosting was actually looked upon quite favorably—see Ensemble Darkhorse on the YMMV page for Jon Stewart's tenure.
- Trevor Noah is already receiving this reaction upon being chosen as Jon's successor in March 2015. The problem being that A. he's a very new correspondent who's been chosen over all the other, longer serving ones (partly because a lot of them have left the show), B. some finding his humor to be a little too reliant on race jokes, and C. some people just thinking he's not that funny, or at least not funny enough to succeed Jon. It's telling that Trevor's era has apparently seen some of the lowest ratings in years.