Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Sign Of The Coming Apocalypse: Jon Stewart, Late Night Comic, Is America's Most Trusted News Anchor!

Time Magazine has conducted an on-line poll to determine who, since the death of Walter Cronkite, now holds the title of America's Most Trusted News Anchor™.

Bizarrely, it's Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show.

Now, Jon Stewart is not a news anchor. He's the first to admit it.

Stewart uses the news, and his interviews with news makers, as a foil for some pretty brilliant comedy.

As part of that comedy, he often presents his audience with what the "news" actually means.

Perhaps Stewart won because he was sort of the "odd man out" in the poll, which included "real" news persons Brian Williams, Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson.

I don't actually know Jon Stewart, but I do know that he is horrified when people treat him as though he were an actual journalist. He's knows just a comic.

Perhaps Time Magazine included him in the poll as a tongue-in-cheek measure.

But maybe, just maybe, Jon Stewart was included because he keeps doing the job that many actual journalists should be doing.

Over and over again.

Congratulations, Mr. Stewart.

I think.

Adding: If readers are interested in how Alaska (and every other state) voted in the poll, you can go here and see.