John Stewart and The Sad State of American Journalism posted by on October 15, 2014

Jon Stewart is the host of “The Daily Show”, a comedic “fake news” show spun off from the daily update comedy segments on Saturday Night Live. On any given episode Jon Stewart will do just about anything to get a laugh. It is being reported that NBC has reached out to the comedian to host “Meet the Press”.

“Meet the Press” began in 1947 and is one of the longest-running TV shows in history. It is a dead-serious news show where moderated debates are held on current issues. Previous moderators include beloved journalists like Chris Wallace, Tim Russert and Tom Brokaw. Why on earth would NBC want a comedian as a host for a serious news show?

The sad truth is that many people find that Jon Stewart, a comedian, does a better job at delivering the news than actual news networks. The Pew Research Center for People and the Press found that 54% of “Daily Show” viewers were more knowledgeable in the news than viewers of other “real” news shows and the general public. Viewers like Marnie Bennett, quoted here in the Ottawa Sun, tend to feel that “The Daily Show” is more authentic and straightforward in how it presents the news.

Jeff Jarvis, head of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, has said that he believes that Stewart is an inspiration to other journalists. He claims that Stewart gives courage to young reporters who are often afraid to speak out on certain topics for fear of reprisal from their network’s parent companies or from powerful political figures.

It says a lot about where the American media is at when a comedian is one of the most trusted names in news. Stewart is not expected to accept the position.