According to a 2009 poll, this is the most trusted news anchor in America:
Jon Stewart. A comedian. A comedian on a self-admitted fake news show.
Cronkite and Murrow must be wondering if they dropped acid before they died and this is the resultant hallucination.
Now, it was a non-scientific poll, but 44% of the respondents declared a comedian to be their most trusted news source. I hope journalism schools around the country are taking a long, hard, look at their curriculums. (I also hope they’re seriously considering rescinding a few of those degrees. Dear dog, have you watched the “news” recently?)
The sad thing is that I’m in that 44%. I gave up on getting any news of substance from the major networks a long time ago. And those 24-hour channels are simply talking to hear their heads rattle. Not one of their anchors would have passed my 101 class, because their logic and reasoning (and their penchant for hyperbole) does not resemble our Earth logic and reasoning.
Two things (among many, I know) that I can’t stand are hypocrisy and stupidity. (Ignorance is different. Ignorance is simply a lack of knowledge. Ignorance is not shameful . Stupidity, however, is. The stupid should feel shame. Lots of it.) And if there’s anything Jon Stewart will take apart with glee, its stupidity and hypocrisy.
That’s probably why people find him a trustworthy source. While it’s obvious he has liberal leanings, he will skewer every stupid hypocrite regardless of their political party. I’ve seen him decimate Sarah Palin, go to commercial, then come back and slice the Democrats apart with the same vigor.
And exposing the absurdity is what’s entertaining (in a strange, sick kind of way).
Stupidity, hypocrisy and corruption run rampant in politics (and the world in general, sadly), and folks shouldn’t be surprised Jon Stewart’s Daily Show (and its spin off The Colbert Report) is so popular. After all, stupidity, hypocrisy and corruption have been the meat-and-two-veg Blue Plate Special of satirists since Chaucer.
You know, it would be nice if the “real” news shows went after the hypocrisy half as often (much less half as well) as Jon Stewart. We’d probably be a much better informed country. The fact Jon Stewart does it mostly for laughs is kind of sad.
It’s a strange, strange world we live in, people.
So, are you a "Big 3" news fan (ABC, NBC, CBS)? Or a cable news junkie? What about the local news? Does anyone even read the newspaper anymore?