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If Obama Has Lost Jon Stewart, Has He Lost His Base?

Posted: May 17, 2013 at 2:05 pm   /   by

In February, 1968, CBS’ Walter Cronkite was arguably the most trusted news person in the country.  Having just returned from Vietnam, Cronkite broke from his usual practice and offered commentary in which he cast doubt on the American mission there and its chance for success.

After Cronkite’s statement, President Lyndon Johnson is reported to have said that if he had “lost Cronkite”, he had “lost Middle America.” On March 31, he announced he would not run again for President.

Today, many of Obama’s most loyal supporters get their news from Jon Stewart’s show.  Sadly, Jon Stewart is their Walter Cronkite.

So …

Does the two-minute clip below (from May 14) constitute Obama’s “Cronkite Moment?”.  Have Obama’s loyal media and supporters finally had enough?  Obama can’t run again, but without a servile media and worshipful electorate, will he have any political capital left to further “transform” America?


David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper began writing for in January, 2011. His 40-year career in engineering includes senior- and officer-level positions at ATT Bell Labs, Bellcore, Motorola, and Intel. Now retired, he lives in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 44 years. Both are active in volunteer work and politics. David is a volunteer science teacher at Before WesternFreePress, he wrote for technical journals including Scientific American. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
David Leeper


  1. sleepergirl says:

    I sure enjoy this liberal comedy show host skewer Mr. Obama.  Why has it taken this long to come to his senses?  Obama hasn’t had a grand behavior change.  Perhaps it has just been so massive a confluence of scandals that Stewart is finally “seeing” what we’ve seen all along.

    1. @sleepergirl We should all strive to see right from wrong no matter what the political alignment of the perpetrator is. Stewart is a long way off from doing that to the degree to which we all should aspire, but he is certainly better than a lot of other libs.