August 18th, 2008
12:02 PM ET

'The most trusted man in America?'

Once it was the president. Then it was Walter Cronkite.

Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show" have been praised for its distinctive coverage of the news.

Now, The New York Times - in a nice article by Michiko Kakutani - suggests that “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart may be the latest man for the moniker “most trusted man in America.” The piece notes that Stewart tied for fourth in a 2007 survey to name the country’s favorite journalist; Katie Couric led the list, which you can see here (scroll down).

Stewart, of course, will have none of it.

He’s long described his style as “throwing spitballs” from the back of the room, and that “The Daily Show” is entertainment, not news. “Hopefully the process is to spot things that would be grist for the funny mill,” he says of the “Daily” staff’s daily writing sessions.

Still, “trusted” isn’t a bad title for the former William & Mary psych major - one who knows his comedy, too. Asked about his deadpan look after some particularly absurd video has gone by, he says, “There’s only so many ways you can stare incredulously at the camera and tilt an eyebrow, but that’s your old standby: What would Buster Keaton do?”

Read the piece here. And if you don’t have access to Comedy Central, you can watch “The Daily Show’s” “Global Edition” on CNN International.

Trust us.

- Todd Leopold, Entertainment Producer

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