REFLECTION…of a modern day Cronkite.

When Walter Cronkite commented on how terrible the war in Vietnam was going in 1968, President Lyndon Johnson was heard saying, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”  Shortly after Cronkite’s editorial report, President Johnson announced he was not seeking re-election.  Earlier this week, while appearing on the Bill O’Reilly show, Jon Steward remarked, “I thought he’d do a better job,” referring to Obama’s failed promises to change the structure of Washington.  Could Stewart be Obama’s Cronkite?

I know Jon Steward is seen by a few million fans, many of whom are young working professionals who trust him for news analysis.  Even the most prestigious news and press syndicates and foundations agree that Jon Steward, despite his use of comic relief to educate young audiences on newsworthy events, regard him as a legitimate news source — something the whole of Fox News isn’t. But with such a statement coming from one of the most respected non-journalist journalist, could his comment convince an already unsympathetic, unmotivated and sometimes apathetic voting bloc to stay home come this November, perhaps even in 2012?

President Obama recently received an earful from a woman during a town hall meeting where she expressed her frustration with the president’s policies and her exhaustion of constantly having to defend him.  Steward’s words also reflected her opinion, but stopped short of saying he regretted voting for President Obama or that he would not consider voting for him again.  I guess the main question here is, if one of the most ardent supporters of the president is feeling disappointed at his lack of progress, what’s to stop the rest of us from staying home come election day and wait for someone else with real political experience to promise us real ‘change’ before we start believing again, if at all.

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