Unlike many TV personalities, Stewart doesn't seem to be trying to fill a hole inside himself. Williams does. In addition to seeking war zone cred, he wanted to be cool. His schedule was crowded with sideshows -- slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon, cameos on "30 Rock," rocking with Bruce Springsteen, hosting Hurricane Sandy concerts. He was trying too hard to make clear he wasn't your father's anchorman. At one point, NBC brass pursued Stewart as a possible fill-in for David Gregory on "Meet the Press." Our media wires are so crossed now you can imagine Williams spurning a gig on "Meet the Press" for one on "The Daily Show."