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Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America?

Last year Americans named fake-news host Jon Stewart their fourth most admired news anchor, tied with Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, and Anderson Cooper.

A recent New York Times article tried to figure out how a comedian became a trusted news source. The article noted that The Daily Show does things other news programs can't like, "speaking truth to power in blunt, sometimes profane language, while using satire and playful looniness to ensure that their political analysis never becomes solemn or pretentious."

Jon Stewart gets to interview politicians and world leaders outside their comfort zones, pass on digestible scoops from a range of experts, and filter each day's big news stories in a humorous way. While Jon makes his opinions known (he says he's looking forward to the end of the Bush Administration "as a comedian, as a person, as a citizen, as a mammal"), it's not Republicans that Jon dislikes. He claims contempt for the empty rhetoric of both conservative and liberal politicians. I think his critique of talking points makes many Americans tune-in for an alternative to television's usual partisan shouting match. What do you think?

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bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Stewart and Colbert are the only "news" I can bear to watch. They aren't my only source of news - we have the Washington Post delivered every day and I read various news sites and blogs from the US, the UK, and Spain - but I can't stand watching actual news anchors. They all seem so patronizing, like they're dumbing down the news because the viewer is too stupid to understand. J-Stew and Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, DFA - they call everyone on their bullsh*t. And they don't act like their audiences have the combined intellect of a two-year-old. Plus, they're funny.
janneth janneth 8 years
Stewart and Colbert always make the point that they are on a comedy network. Granted, they are not as silly and comical as FOXY news, but they are still pretty humorous.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
As I said on a different post about this same subject, I don't get my news from those shows, but I do like to tune in and hear their funny (and often sharp and insightful) takes on it.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I thought Santa Claus was the most trusted man in America?
Jillness Jillness 8 years
" I get frustrated by news outlets that rush to get something on the air, and forget to fact check it." I agree. I try to keep in mind that these are businesses, and while it might appear they are providing a public service, they are really just trying to sell ad space.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I agree Jill. I get frustrated by news outlets that rush to get something on the air, and forget to fact check it. Haven't we learned that we get into a lot of trouble when we go off half-cocked?
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I think he is funny, and he makes good points sometimes, but he is a comedian, not a journalist. I think to get his jokes, though, you have to be a little more up to date on current events, which is a good thing. "Quite frankly, I don't understand the difference between Jon's bias and the bias of Fox News or MSNBC. All news casts are going to have a slant or an agenda." I agree. Fox News has had Corsi on for hours now, and his book is completely unfactual and the guy has no credibility. (He has also written articles that said McCain's 2000 campaign was funded by Al-Qaueda, lie!). I just don't trust news sources that do not challenge "non-fiction" writers that get basic public domain facts wrong. The Daily Show at least presents itself as comedy.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i think JS and the daily show are both pretty damn funny... though i never really watch the daily show. he does usually have good guests though, so i catch clips online sometimes. but to think of this show as a real news source?? no. no no no no no. not that i can recommend a real, unbiased news source...
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Semi clever comedian, maybe. Trusted, no.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I'm not a huge fan of his. He thinks he's really funny and you can tell because he starts laughing at his own jokes before he delivers them. Also, his main goal is to be funny and not to report the news. So he takes snippets of speeches or news totally out of context because they're funnier that way. Based on that I would never think I was watching real "news" on his show. In general though, I agree w/ javsmavs that there is so much ridiculousness in politics that it would be a sad if a few people weren't around to capitalize on it.
stephley stephley 8 years
I think Stewart and Colbert are more careful to do their jobs well than many television reporters are these days - it wouldn't take many obvious mistakes or obvious attacks to do them in. If Stewart's one of the most trusted people in America, the people who should be higher on that list should ask themselves what they're doing wrong.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I agree with em1282. Quite frankly, I don't understand the difference between Jon's bias and the bias of Fox News or MSNBC. All news casts are going to have a slant or an agenda. There is no true source of middle ground news and although CNN claims to be the source for "independent news" they have a liberal bias. I've seen Jon slam into liberals and Obama. Didn't he just do a funny little bit about Obama's magical journey aka his recent across seas trip? I think Obama's plane exhausted rainbows or something. It was funny.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I don't really know what ELSE he'd have to be doing for me to consider him a mouthpiece for the democrats (apart from flat-out worship as seen with Chris Matthews?), but eh. Even if he's not "special" in the respect of not agreeing with his party 100%, I think it can be said that he takes people down on both sides a bit more than some other "news reporters" out there. I don't think he's all "don't label me!", since it's pretty clear to anyone who knows anything about the Daily Show that he's liberal, but all he's saying is that there's BS on both sides and he can call anyone out on it.
foxie foxie 8 years
Well I'd say the VAST majority of people don't 100% agree with the party they're affiliated with all the time, so he's not special in that. I don't know what ELSE he'd have to be doing/saying in order for you to consider him a mouthpiece for the Democrats, but my mind is made up. It's not even a bad thing if that's indeed what he is, I just appreciate honesty and I really hate the "don't label me even though I fit the label!" facade.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I don't use Stewart/Colbert as news sources per se, but I'll be damned if I don't find them more refreshing than shouty, abrasive news shows, and I'd be lying if I said Colbert didn't help me understand some points about offshore drilling on Thursday night's Report... Also, even though I wouldn't call Stewart "balanced", it's not like liberals are free from his criticism, which I think does show that he's not just a "mouthpiece" for the left.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Political humor is great but it is just that HUMOR. Not a news source.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I love political humour - I think some of the cleverest jokes come out of critiquing (sp) politics.
javsmav javsmav 8 years
I love political humor! Politicians are so ridiculous, how can you not make fun of it? The Daily Show is great--it's the only news I watch on TV. There's just something about TV news that really annoys me. He's certainly not balanced--although, he will make fun of liberals too. I would never quote the DS as a source in a serious conversation because it's more entertainment than news, so I wouldn't classify him as the most trusted person in America.
mymellowman mymellowman 8 years
I lost a lot respect for Jon Stewart after the Jonah Goldberg interview and have a hard time enjoying him now.
foxie foxie 8 years
I hate political humor. And just because you end your conservative-bashing rants with a disclaimer claiming to dislike the politics of both sides of the political spectrum, it doesn't mean you're balanced.
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