When Americans were asked in a 2007 poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press to name the journalist they most admired, Mr. Stewart, the fake news anchor, came in at No. 4, tied with the real news anchors Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw of NBC, Dan Rather of CBS and Anderson Cooper of CNN. And a study this year from the center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism concluded that “ ‘The Daily Show’ is clearly impacting American dialogue” and “getting people to think critically about the public square.”
Last week I noted my blog traffic goes up when I don’t post. But fake news seems to sell as well. As an alternative, maybe I’ll follow Stewart and bring you “all the news stories — first … before it’s even true.” It’s like Modern Jackass plus.