A New York Times article asks whether Jon Stewart of The Daily Show fame is to our times what CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow was to the news media of the 1950s. My tweeted response? Jon Stewart has his Murrow-esque moments mainly when he abandons his comedic persona & plays a journalist on TV.
I don’t know what to think of Jon Stewart in his Daily Show persona. Does he pick fights for ratings, because he’s a genuine warrior on the battlefield of public discourse, or a bit of both? This April 24 NYT article talks about his current head-butting with Fox News:
The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart paid a visit to Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly last week. The NYT calls it the most direct attack on Fox ever broadcast on that conservative attack-dog news channel — er, at least the parts that weren’t edited for time.
Actually, nothing new here. Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz takes pretty much the same tack I do.
I can’t believe people who have more than a high-school education are citing some crappy Time.com online poll as evidence that Daily Show host Jon Stewart is now the most trusted newscaster in America.
The Toronto Star’s David Olive admits he and his fellow business journalists weren’t skeptical enough about the forces driving the real estate and stock market booms that preceded the drastic economic collapse we’re currently enduring. But I’m left without any sense as to how greater journalistic vigilance could have helped, except to encourage individual investors [...]
Lawrence Martin calls for Canadian journalists to show some Jon Stewart-style outrage.
The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen believes that Jon Stewart’s run at CNBC was unfair. However, there is a certain Swiss-cheesy quality to his argument.
From AP via CTV.ca: Jeff Zucker, the chief executive of NBC Universal, called comedian Jon Stewart’s attacks on business network CNBC “incredibly unfair.”
Globe and Mail deputy editor Sylvia Stead and media reporter Grant Robertson made themselves available for an online chat on Tuesday. Some excerpts and observations: