I love Jon Stewart. But he is not a newscaster. He is a comedian and his show is on the comedy network. But he does discuss, in a humorous way, the relevant issues of the day.
Maybe that is why a new TIME poll is so remarkable. TIME asked the following question:
Now that Walter Cronkite has passed on, who is America's most trusted newscaster?The resuls are as follows: [Total Votes: 9409]
Jon Sewart - 44%Joshua Holland notes the obvious:
Brian Williams - 29%
Charlie Gibson - 19%
Katie Couric - 7%
This says a lot about the state of our media -- 44 percent of Americans trust a comedian doing a fake news show on Comedy Central over Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Charlie Gibson.
And so do I.
Not, of course, because Stewart's such an awesome journalist. It's that the bar's set so low.