The poll, conducted the poll in the wake of Walter Cronkite's death, had Stewart beating out Brian Williams, Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson with 44 percent of the vote.
Williams finished second with 29 percent, and Gibson and Couric finished third and fourth, respectively, with 19 and 7 percent. (The results are also broken out state-by-state, and the Huffington Post has provided a good rundown on which anchors are most popular in various regions of the country.)
So what does it say about the current state of TV news that the most trusted anchor is a comedian? While some, like Stewart, will likely take it as a sign of our downfall as a society, the result shouldn't be surprising.
Stewart proves every night that he's one of the few journalists willing to ask the hard questions and call politicians on their BS. When it comes to exposing hypocrisy, holding politicians accountable, and getting at the core truths behind the spin, there is no better source than The Daily Show.
For a prime example, check out this recent clip of Jon Stewart ripping apart the wingnuts who claim Obama is not an American citizen, and mocking the politicians and media figures who have given legitmacy to the ridiculous "birther movement."
Stewart is generally the first to say that he's just an entertainer looking for laughs. But everyone knows that if you want honest news, you go to Comedy Central, whereas if you want straight comedy, you turn on FOX News.
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