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WHY JON STEWART AS MOST TRUSTED NEWSCASTER IS NOT A NEW CONCEPT


Jon Stewart: Still The Most Trusted Newscaster in America



Just last Friday we lost the most trusted man in America. This week we've anointed a fake journalist his replacement. Or so Time magazine would have us believe.

http://www.timepolls.com/hppolls/archive/poll_results_417.html

Nothing to get apoplectic about, even if you are Anderson Cooper or Rachel Maddow fans. This poll, based on a whopping 9409 votes, is a vox populi selection. Who would you rather have represent the voice of the people--Brian Williams (who's that?) or faux pop journalist Jon Stewart? For any liberal under 50 (Stewart is 46), the answer is clear.

To be fair, Brian Williams came in second place in the Time poll, but my Newhouse School and Cal State Fullerton students don't gush about Brian Williams and NBC Nightly News as they do about Jon Stewart and The Daily Show.

Time's poll is just reconstituted news. It's so 2004. Jon Stewart has been in this category of a most trusted newscaster for years. He didn't catapult to the top in the post-Cronkite era.

It was Stewart's appearance on CNN's Crossfire with Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson on Friday, October 15, 2004 that cemented his reputation as the only honest broker about what was happening to the real news. Stewart had always maintained that Comedy Central's The Daily Show was shtick journalism. After all, fake puppets making crank calls preceded the program at the time.

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