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Television - Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America? - NYTim. .. .. 1 of 5 8/17/2008 9:27 AM RECOMMEND E-MAIL PRINT REPRINTS SAVE SHARE Related Times Topics: Jon Stewart Enlarge This Image Michael Nagle for The New York Times Jon Stewart describes the morning meeting as “a gathering of curmudgeons expressing frustration and upset.” TELEVISION Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America? Michael Nagle for The New York Times Jon Stewart, on the set of “The Daily Show,” tied Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, Dan Rather and Anderson Cooper among admired journalists. And that was last year. By MICHIKO KAKUTANI Published: August 15, 2008 IT’S been more than eight years since “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart ” made its first foray into presidential politics with the presciently named Indecision 2000, and the difference in the show’s approach to its coverage then and now provides a tongue-in-cheek measure of the show’s striking evolution. In 1999, the “Daily Show” correspondent Steve Carell struggled to talk his way off Senator John McCain ’s overflow press bus — “a repository for outcasts, misfits and journalistic bottom-feeders” — and onto the actual Straight Talk Express, while at the 2000 Republican Convention Mr. Stewart self-deprecatingly promised exclusive coverage of “all the day’s events — at least the ones we’re allowed into.” In this year’s promotional spot for “The Daily Show’s” convention coverage, the news newbies have been transformed into a swaggering A Team — “the best campaign team in the universe ever,” working out of “ ‘The Daily Show’ news-scraper: 117 stories, 73 situation rooms, 26 news tickers,” and promising to bring “you all the news stories — first . .. before it’s even true.” Though this spot is the program’s mocking sendup of itself and the news media’s mania for self-promotion, it inadvertently gets at one very real truth: the emergence of “The Daily Show” as a genuine cultural and political force. 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.” While the show scrambled in its early years to book high-profile politicians, it has since More Articles in Arts » MOST POPULAR Video reports from the Olympics Also in Video: Olympics security Women's skateboarding comes of age Lucky number 8 ADVERTISEMENTS Go to Complete List » Your Money: Gauging the Worth of a Frequent-Flier Credit Card
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