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Drawing Lines in the Journalistic Sand: Jon Stewart, Edward R. Murrow and Memory of News Gone Bye
Unformatted Document Text:  Drawing Lines in the Journalistic Sand 13 But if the Times revealed its bias by bestowing the honor upon Stewart, its counter-factual recollection of Murrow’s legacy speaks to its willingness to take mythical journalistic folklore at face value. (Markay, 2010) Rightside News went one step further, using the Stewart-Murrow controversy as an opportunity to take shots at Stewart, The New York Times, Senate Democrats, and liberals in general: Liberal funny man Jon Stewart is being praised by The New York Times as a giant of the journalism profession for having done a serious show. … He saw a chance to act as the self-appointed guardian of the Ground Zero workers. The ploy worked, garnering him fawning coverage in the Times. Not surprisingly, surveys show that Stewart’s wisecracks about conservatives and seeming indifference to the terrorist threat attract an overwhelmingly liberal audience. (Kincaid, 2010) NewAmerican, a blog leaning toward the left, avoided this route, instead capitalizing on the controversy to delineate a boundary separating itself from the mainstream media, not depicted as liberal but as derelict of their responsibilities to society, what was called “not very funny for the state of journalism in America” (Eddlem, 2010). The Times’ story, Eddlem writes, “was not the first time” that the paper had referred to Stewart as most trusted, quoting in the blog post what pundit and George Mason University professor Bob Lichter told NPR: “He’s a satirist who has perfected the art of being taken seriously when he wants to and being taken frivolously when he wants.” The December 2010 Times reference to Stewart as Murrow was also an opportunity for NewAmerican to tout itself as knowledgeable about the sad state of broadcast news in particular, pointing to that poll by the Pew Center for the People and the Press: But perhaps more importantly, the study illustrates that Americans have wised up to the absolute vacuity of network news. Proof of that vacuity emerged in a 2006 study by Indiana State University Professor Julia R. Fox that compared election coverage by major network television stations with reporting by the Daily Show. Fox found that 2004

Authors: Berkowitz, Dan. and Gutsche Jr, Robert.
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Drawing Lines in the Journalistic Sand   
But if the Times revealed its bias by bestowing the honor upon Stewart, its counter-
factual recollection of Murrow’s legacy speaks to its willingness to take mythical 
journalistic folklore at face value. (Markay, 2010) 
Rightside News went one step further, using the Stewart-Murrow controversy as an 
opportunity to take shots at Stewart, The New York Times, Senate Democrats, and liberals in 
Liberal funny man Jon Stewart is being praised by The New York Times as a giant of the 
journalism profession for having done a serious show. 
… He saw a chance to act as the self-appointed guardian of the Ground Zero workers. 
The ploy worked, garnering him fawning coverage in the Times
Not surprisingly, surveys show that Stewart’s wisecracks about conservatives and 
seeming indifference to the terrorist threat attract an overwhelmingly liberal audience. 
(Kincaid, 2010) 
NewAmerican, a blog leaning toward the left, avoided this route, instead capitalizing on 
the controversy to delineate a boundary separating itself from the mainstream media, not 
depicted as liberal but as derelict of their responsibilities to society, what was called “not very 
funny for the state of journalism in America” (Eddlem, 2010). The Times’ story, Eddlem writes, 
“was not the first time” that the paper had referred to Stewart as most trusted, quoting in the blog 
post what pundit and George Mason University professor Bob Lichter told NPR: “He’s a satirist 
who has perfected the art of being taken seriously when he wants to and being taken frivolously 
when he wants.” 
The December 2010 Times reference to Stewart as Murrow was also an opportunity for 
NewAmerican to tout itself as knowledgeable about the sad state of broadcast news in particular, 
pointing to that poll by the Pew Center for the People and the Press: 
But perhaps more importantly, the study illustrates that Americans have wised up to the 
absolute vacuity of network news. Proof of that vacuity emerged in a 2006 study by 
Indiana State University Professor Julia R. Fox that compared election coverage by major 
network television stations with reporting by the Daily Show. Fox found that 2004 

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