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Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America?
NY Times ^ | 8/17/08 | MICHIKO KAKUTANI

Posted on 08/17/2008 7:36:23 PM PDT by melt

IT’S been more than eight years since “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” made its first foray into presidential politics with the presciently named Indecision 2000, and the difference in the show’s approach to its coverage then and now provides a tongue-in-cheek measure of the show’s striking evolution.

In 1999, the “Daily Show” correspondent Steve Carell struggled to talk his way off Senator John McCain’s overflow press bus — “a repository for outcasts, misfits and journalistic bottom-feeders” — and onto the actual Straight Talk Express, while at the 2000 Republican Convention Mr. Stewart self-deprecatingly promised exclusive coverage of “all the day’s events — at least the ones we’re allowed into.”

In this year’s promotional spot for “The Daily Show’s” convention coverage, the news newbies have been transformed into a swaggering A Team — “the best campaign team in the universe ever,” working out of “ ‘The Daily Show’ news-scraper: 117 stories, 73 situation rooms, 26 news tickers,” and promising to bring “you all the news stories — first ... before it’s even true.”

Though this spot is the program’s mocking sendup of itself and the news media’s mania for self-promotion, it inadvertently gets at one very real truth: the emergence of “The Daily Show” as a genuine cultural and political force.

When Americans were asked in a 2007 poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press to name the journalist they most admired, Mr. Stewart, the fake news anchor, came in at No. 4, tied with the real news anchors Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw of NBC, Dan Rather of CBS and Anderson Cooper of CNN. And a study this year from the center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism concluded that “ ‘The Daily Show’ is clearly impacting American dialogue” and “getting people to think critically...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: comedy; comedycentral; cronkite; dailyshow; rather; stewart; trust

John Stewart is the result of the superior "Public Ecudation System" in America...

1 posted on 08/17/2008 7:36:23 PM PDT by melt
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To: melt

nope, Bubba is with interns


2 posted on 08/17/2008 7:40:46 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: melt; All
"it’s been “The Daily Show” that has tenaciously tracked big, “super depressing” issues like the cherry-picking of prewar intelligence, the politicization of the Department of Justice and the efforts of the Bush White House to augment its executive power."

In other words, just another left-wing hackfest for dishonest liberals. At least Stewart is more entertaining than the other blowhards, but that just makes him more dangerous. Hey, if they want credibilty, why don't they make Michael Moore a news anchor? /s

3 posted on 08/17/2008 7:40:52 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama-cons: Trying to fool America, one media dupe at a time!)
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To: melt

He strikes me as a smarmy little rodent or maybe a weasel.


4 posted on 08/17/2008 7:42:55 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: melt
Mr. Stewart, the fake news anchor, came in at No. 4, tied with the real news anchors Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw of NBC, Dan Rather of CBS and Anderson Cooper of CNN.

Sounds like 5 fake news anchors to me and of the 5, I think Stewart is the most credible..
OR...
the least fake.

5 posted on 08/17/2008 7:44:06 PM PDT by evad (.!.)
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To: melt

He’s an untalented, obnoxious left-wing hack, just like Colbert, although I actually find Colbert more annoying. The depressing part is all the stoned college kids who think he’s funny.


6 posted on 08/17/2008 7:45:22 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: melt

Jon Stewart was the biology teacher in the movie, ‘The Faculty’. When the alien took his body over, he should have stayed there rather than go on his quasinewsprogram.


7 posted on 08/17/2008 7:45:24 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: melt

Is pi** poor that many get the 4-1-1 on America from this dude.


8 posted on 08/17/2008 7:45:58 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: melt

Only the New York Times would pose such an inane question as some sort of profound rumination.


9 posted on 08/17/2008 7:45:58 PM PDT by mojito
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To: melt

I appreciate your blanket condemnation.


10 posted on 08/17/2008 7:48:46 PM PDT by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: melt

Who?


11 posted on 08/17/2008 7:53:17 PM PDT by libertylover (You can't "Tylenol" your way out of arthritis either but it sure as hell helps to relieve the pain.)
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To: aliquando

I am an educator. If you think public education is bad, have you tried our private system?

The facts are that most students tend to be liberal because they are poor and uneducated. When they become education, it is often by weak-kneed liberal teachers.

I teach college and most of my colleagues are weak-kneed liberals. BUT, we still have one of the best education systems in the world.


12 posted on 08/17/2008 8:14:04 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: melt

His is funny but....the sad thing is that many kids actually think his humor is a substitute for wisdom.


13 posted on 08/17/2008 8:16:03 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: melt

What is the The Daily Show and who is Jon Stewart?

In other words, most of we voters have never seen or heard of this guy the NY Slimes gushes about. Most US voters are too engrossed in TV soporifics and make up their minds on who to vote for by thinking the name on the ballot sounds good or seeing a last minuted campaign ad on TV.

The few who give a darn are here on FR and similar sites. Unfortunately, we are .05 percent of the populace.


14 posted on 08/17/2008 8:36:17 PM PDT by RicocheT
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To: ozzymandus
The depressing part is all the stoned college kids who think he’s funny.

No worries! Stoned college kids don't vote!

15 posted on 08/17/2008 8:40:06 PM PDT by Vision Thing
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To: melt

I don’t know about that but in my mind the National Enquirer is now the Most Trusted Newspaper in America.


16 posted on 08/17/2008 8:41:51 PM PDT by TonyM (E)
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To: melt

Youngsters today think he is a legitimate news source.

I kid you not.


17 posted on 08/17/2008 8:42:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: melt

Definitely one of the Most Self-Important People in America.


18 posted on 08/17/2008 9:26:22 PM PDT by edpc (@#&!*$)
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To: Vision Thing

Tell me about it. I intended to vote for McGovern in 72, but got FU’d and forgot to vote.


19 posted on 08/17/2008 9:30:56 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: whitedog57; aliquando
Don't get me wrong.

America has the best post-graduate education system in the World, especially in the Sciences.

But kids are being brainwashed to be losers & victims from Kindergarten on...

20 posted on 08/17/2008 9:47:50 PM PDT by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
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To: melt

Stewart has good (great actually)delivery he’s just on the wrong side like most chosen

this time around though...I bet at least 25% of Jews go to McCain

it’s a start

i had a flat argument with a Jewish associate recently about how Jews could support Obama who was cozy with anti-Semites

the usual weak fear of the religious right and all that phantom shite...sad..tepid and canned


21 posted on 08/17/2008 9:53:39 PM PDT by wardaddy ("Cause my grey hair just can't cover up my redneck.")
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To: melt

Stewart is a talented man, but face it, he’s a leftist working for a left-wing world. He just makes money off it in his comedy show.


22 posted on 08/17/2008 9:59:53 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: TonyM
"I don’t know about that but in my mind the National Enquirer is now the Most Trusted Newspaper in America."

Walter Cronkite would turn over in his grave if he heard that.

Oh, wait--- he's not dead yet! Sorry, my mistake...

23 posted on 08/17/2008 10:12:28 PM PDT by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
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To: All

I looked it up. Leibowitz a/k/a Jon Stewart only averages about 1.5 million viewers.


24 posted on 08/17/2008 10:17:53 PM PDT by Montanabound
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