Jon Stewart: The most trusted person in America?

The New York Times today asks, “Is Jon Stewart the most trusted man in America?” I personally love him. He uts through a lot of the, well, crap, that other “real news” outlets glaze right over.

The NYT goes on to say,

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 about the public square.”

What does this say about “real news” if the best source for trusted information is the comedy channel? This would be a great topic of discussion for journalism students. What can “real news” outlets do to regain some of the trust they’ve lost since the days of Cronkite and Murrow?

Read the rest of the NYT article HERE for further discussion material.


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