Has Jon Stewart eclipsed Howard Stern as the King of All Media? Stewart isn't saying, but I'm beginning to think that's the case.
A new survey from the Pew Research Center says that television is still the primary news source for most U.S. citizens. At the same time, Pew says that younger Americans tend to rely on Internet news sites like the one you're reading now. It's a confluence that favors Stewart like no other.
A 2007 Pew survey ranked him -- a fake news anchor -- the fourth most admired newsman in America, tied with Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, and Anderson Cooper. But of the five, only Stewart is as big on the Web as he is on the tube. Comedy Central parent Viacom
What's more, you don't see NBC suing Google
What of the Stern comparison, you ask? I'll grant it's odd in a way; Stern is a radio host. But his antics and a blockbuster deal with Sirius XM
But Stern isn't the loser here. To the contrary; he's as popular as ever. Newspapers, on the other hand, are losing out to Stewart, Stern, and iTunes in record numbers. Gannett
Some newspapers, such as News Corp.'s
But it's still TV that tantalizes us. Move over, Murdoch. Step aside, Stern. Stewart is the new King of All Media. How's that for a moment of Zen?
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