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America\'s most trusted news identity

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29 October 2010 11:51

It's the guy on the right:

 

In an entertaining and thoughtful speech about the transformation of the news media, Annabel Crabb notes the TIME magazine online poll which identified satirist Jon Stewart as America's most trusted news identity. Stewart's long interview with President Obama yesterday will do nothing to harm that reputation — it speaks to the status of Stewart's Daily Show that Obama even agreed to appear.

The interview itself is notable for the fact that Stewart's status as a comedian allows him to haltingly and delicately undo some of the maddening politeness and deference towards the president that is common to the US news media. Yes, US politics is extremely fierce, but when faced with the president in person, the American media seems to treat him like a regal figure. By Australian standards, this interview is still pretty tame, but it is an advance.

Also notable, Obama's performance is lacklustre and he seems a poor salesman for his own position. Democrats are set to suffer major losses in the upcoming mid-term elections, and they would not find much inspiration in this interview.

UPDATE: Not everyone liked Annabel Crabb's speech.

Photo courtesy of the White House.

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