Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, was ranked at no. 4 after a poll in 2007 when Americans were asked which journalist they admired the most, according to the Pew Research Center. Where some would not see this as a point of argument, many were appalled by this. Stewart himself insists that his show is NOT hard news or journalism. However, it could be noticed that those who are consistent viewers of The Daily Show are considerably more informed about what is going on in hard news sources as well because one must have knowledge of what is happening in the news to “get” the jokes that are being made.
It may not be journalism but according to www.journalism.org, The Daily Show resembles the outline of numerous cable news channels and talk radio. So is he a journalist? No, but where some people might see someone like Rush Limbaugh as an educated informer of the public on talk radio why wouldn’t Stewart be considered the same thing on television? Stewart has even had debates and interviews with other professionals like Bill O’Reilly and Anderson Cooper on his own show and also on shows like The O’Reilly Factor. Each time he has not had any problems making strong points and discussing issues and conflicts. Plus, remember that Stewart does NOT have a background in journalism.
Where some may find The Daily Show to be just a televised comedy routine, some may see a source of information even if it does come in a few heavy doses of satire.