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Is Jon Stewart the New Walter Cronkite – Or the New Ernie Kovacs?
October 10, 2014  | By David Bianculli  | 2 comments
 

I was asked by CNN.com if I had any reaction to the reports that Jon Stewart had been offered the hosting duties on NBC’s Meet the Press, and had declined. I did…

They’re posted right now on the CNN Money page, and I refer you to that link rather than repeating the entire post here because, well, a) I wrote it for them, and b) it’s easier.

But if you don’t mind me saying saying so, especially about myself, it’s a column about TV worth reading. I especially liked how I linked Jon Stewart not only to Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow, but also to Ernie Kovacs.

My son liked it, too – at least enough, after he came upon the CNN post without any prompting from me, to phone me and ridicule me about using such dated and arcane references. (Well, he might not have used the word “arcane.” That’s my word.) But I’m used to such treatment from my own offspring. That’s why, when Mark Bianculli used to write for this website before heading west to write for Hollywood, his column was called The Son Also Criticizes…

 
 
 
 
 
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Ash
Enjoyed the article. And appreciate Jon Stewart, Colbert, and Oliver. Have yet to see the other guy. There is little real news available today -- print, TV, or radio. Not sure about the net, but my browsing "nets" a mishmash of opinion. Thanks for your TVWW. I check it daily. (almost)
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Mac
Stewart is special.TCM's spooling of Paddy Chayefsky & Sidney Lumet's Network film from 1976 foresees much of the American TV landscape of 2014,but they couldn't picture a comedian as the canary in the tunnel.Its easy to dismiss almost everything on Fox and much of MSNBC that doesn't have Rachael Maddow's name attached,but when Stewart calls you out,there's always evidence .
Stewart as the New Kovacs?Though Ernie did a lot of daily TV,he was rarely involved in politics.Indeed,his role was to get you not only to forget your troubles through entertainment,but to see the world differently by the end of one of his skits.Watch Ernie eating lunch and you can never look at a thermos the same way.And Ernie rarely made fun of TV-he made fun of the world around him by using TV as his canvas.
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