Ask journalists who their news anchor idols are and you’ll get reputable names like Cronkite, Murrow, Jennings, Koppel. Well, at least publicly. But ask any journalist who his or her favorite anchor is after a beer or two and you’re likely to hear one name – Jon Stewart.
After a long day of transcribing bullshit from politicians, corporations and their editors, journalists love nothing more but to come home and wash it all down with a tall, cool glass of sarcasm served perfectly chilled by Mr. Stewart.
Though Stewart professes he is not a journalist and his show is not a news show, when you are as trusted as Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, Dan Rather and Anderson Cooper and your show is favored over the nightly news by young people, face it, you’re more of a journalist the most in the biz.
Journalists’ love of Stewart is really rooted in envy. Unlike most journalists, Stewart is not bound by those pesky codes of ethics or worrying about conflicts of interests. He says everything we want to but can’t. Journalists relish watching Stewart calling out politicians for their bullshit. Journalists wish they had their own Camera 3.
Plus, TV journalists are jealous of the Daily Show’s anchors being about to do their location shots in front of a green screen 10 feet from the news desk.
While journalists typically try their hardest to avoid saying something stupid, inaccurate or idiotic but if when they do, they set their TiVos in hopes of catching Jon Stewart mocking them on The Daily Show. While journalists’ love for Stewart is obvious, it seems Stewart loves journalists more. Without journalists’ bumbles, mistakes and penchant for wanting to be Tasered, Stewart’s nightly 30 minutes would be filled with fart jokes and impressions of George Bush (not that those things are necessary a bad thing). Journalists are the straight man, the set up, and Jon Stewart is the punch line.
On every journalist’s TiVo are bound to be episodes of 60 Minutes, 30 Rock and of course, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Stewart is one thing most journalists can agree on.