Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"If I've lost Jon..."

That title is, of course, a paraphrasing of President Johnson's famous quote when he learned that newsman Walter Cronkite, considered the most trusted man in America, had turned against the then-ongoing Vietnam conflict.  "If I've lost Cronkite," said he, "I've lost Middle America." 

Well, I'm not sure what it says about our postmodern times that satirist Jon Stewart has assumed the "most trusted" mantle, but I have to think that if President Obama has caught The Daily Show lately, he's likely echoing Johnson.  Indeed, while Jon's jackhammering of the Obama admin over the whole Deepwater Horizon fiasco has been pointed, it's hardly the first time he's gone after Team Obama, whom he's lampooned at least as pointedly as he did the previous White House.

Salon's Matt Zoller Seitz makes the point, and I agree fully, that this commitment to principle over politics, even if it means smacking down your own guy, is what raises Stewart beyond the partisan bomb-throwing he's usually accused of on the right.

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