Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 11:37 pm

Why you should watch Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show”

Yeah, it’s entertaining as all hell. But even though Stewart insists he’s not a journalist and not trying to be a journalist, and even though this might even be true, the fact is that he and his show end up committing journalism — real, valuable journalism — from time to time.

The latest example has to do with journalist/author Jon Krakauer, who got a lot of publicity after saying Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, now commanding the U.S. military in Afghanistan, was involved in the cover-up of how NFL-star-turned-soldier Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire. Thing is, he said the same thing weeks ago on “The Daily Show.”

So, knowing how many journalists watch “The Daily Show,” how was this overlooked? And, also knowing how many journalists watch “The Daily Show,” does this mean people with something they think the American people ought to know are going to start trying to say it on Jon Stewart’s set?

Interesting times for journalism. Good thing I’m out of it.

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