I suppose Jon Stewart got his wish, but it seems like a raw deal anyway. The comedian has said he doesn’t want his “Daily Show” viewed as real news. And a new poll suggests the audience has gone along: the national survey of voters ranked Stewart and his Comedy Central accomplice, Stephen Colbert, lower on a trust index than most other sources and just a notch ahead of conservative talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
The USC Annenberg/Los Angeles Times Poll on Politics and the Press found local television the most trusted source of news, followed by newspapers and PBS. Asked to rate how much they trust news sources from 0 to 10, with 10 most trusted, those traditional sources scored 6 or above.
Colbert and Stewart came in at a 3.9, a bit below Fox News (5.3) and MSNBC (5.0) but ahead of conservative talk radio (3.8) , Facebook (3.0) and Twitter (2.3).
Yes, you can almost feel a Stewart segment coming on here. When told by “60 Minutes” host Steve Croft in 2009 that an earlier survey had found almost half of young adults got their news via late night shows like his, Stewart responded: “Yes. That is a huge mistake on their part.”