Well, one of the reasons, anyway.
44% of the people surveyed by Time magazine picked Jon Stewart as the most trusted newscaster in America.
I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that a generation brought up to be cynical and rude would pick a cynical and rude talking head with an army of writers and researchers who sets up ambush interviews and makes a daily occupation of constructing straw men.
And despite the slavishly repeated denials of his audience, who insist that he’s just comedy, it’s plain that he has an effect on the the decision making process of a large and influential group.
The fact that his comedy is almost completely one sided, and that he’s practically the Minister of Information for the Democratic Party Proletariat, as well as the Hero of the People, ensures that his influence coincides with all right thinking people.
I can’t watch him carry water for the Anointed One night after night without being frustrated over the lack of acknowledging that there might be a different point of view. And the fact that he treats divergent viewpoints with ridicule only underscores the lack of political discourse that’s currently affecting this country.
I’m not saying that he invented the political divide, or rudeness in politics, but he sure as hell is reinforcing it