Forbes: Stewart ’84 fifth most influential liberal


Jon Stewart ’84, the host of the popular news satire television program “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” is the fifth most influential liberal in the United States media, according to’s 2009 “25 Most Influential Liberals” list.

“Politics has never been as entwined with popular culture as it is in the Age of Obama, and Stewart’s acerbic, satirical take on the news is in perfect sync with these times — and with a youthful demographic that is enjoying its first real taste of political power,” the site reads.

Ahead of Stewart was Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, who ranked fourth; Fred Hiatt of The Washington Post, who ranked third; Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post, who ranked second; and Paul Krugman of The New York Times, who ranked first.


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