Skip to comments.Jon Stewart: America’s Leading Journalist?
Posted on 01/12/2011 6:14:22 AM PST by IbJensen
The question sounds like a joke, made up by one of the talented writers for Comedy Centrals Daily Show itself: Is the Daily Shows Jon Stewart the journalistic reincarnation of Edward R. Murrow? But this was the serious question posed by New York Times writers Bill Carter and Brian Stelter on December 27, after Stewart rallied the media toward granting federal healthcare funding for September 11 first responders.
Carter and Stelter ask: And does that make that comedian, Jon Stewart despite all his protestations that what he does has nothing to do with journalism the modern-day equivalent of Edward R. Murrow? And their yes conclusion was not very funny for the state of journalism in America.
Though he might prefer a description like advocacy satire, what Mr. Stewart engaged in that night and on earlier occasions when he campaigned openly for passage of the bill usually goes by the name advocacy journalism.
Carter and Stelter even coaxed a media professor into agreeing publicly with their conclusion. The two that come instantly to mind are Murrow and Cronkite, Professor Robert J. Thompson of the prestigious media school at Syracuse University told the New York Times of Stewarts activism.
Of course, Murrow and Cronkite became famous for using their prominent media positions as supposedly neutral journalists to rally the public for liberal causes. Stewart has done the same for a host of causes, many of which are liberal, but others about which constitutionalists would cheer. While providing healthcare for local firefighters, paramedics, and policeman is not an enumerated power of the federal government under the U.S. Constitution, Stewart has provided some real reporting of news that has gone unreported in many of the establishment print and broadcast channels.
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Watched some of Matthews last night. Unbelievable. Sickening.
Had to turn it off.
Girbilist is misspelled in the title.
THE DAILY SHOW: “Where more Americans get their news...than probably should.”
I think the Daily Show is the least biased news program on television. Sad, but true.
Perhaps a better name could be used to replace the term JOURNALIST.
Perhaps URINE-ALIST? Seems to fit better. Most of what the industry creates is waste product, fit for the sewer.
Saying Jon Stewart is a journalist is like saying Bill Maher is a journalist as well. Neither is accurate, though Stewart’s show is a whole lot funnier.
I disagree. They’re not comedians, they’re CLOWNS...who aren’t funny but are good to laugh at.
jon is at least intellectually honest. I just hope he would study up more on the right wing ideology and learn a few things about why this is the better system for society
The title should read: John Stewart Liberals leading journalist left leaning propagandist.
Tt’s got to suck being a liberal,wish them well so they can live a long and miserable life to bad a lot of dogs will be kicked.