In a 2007 Pew Poll, Jon Stewart was ranked as one of the most admired journalists in the country. The problem being that "The Daily Show" host is actually a comedian, and his news-skewering show is not, in-fact, news.
Stewart's role in society, and its rise, reflect the rise of political-based humor and its impact on the nation's conversation.
A new book looks at the impact that this humor has had on the country: "Politics Is A Joke! How TV Comedians Are Remaking Political Life."
- Robert Lichter, co-author, director of the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University
- Jody Baumgartner, co-author and professor of political science at East Carolina University
*This is the second segment in the July 15 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM.