10. Jon Stewart
Anchor of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’
Last year’s rank: 5
Why he was chosen: Jon Stewart has been lying low, playing sort of quiet. He hasn’t interviewed a Middle East leader since, oh, last September, when Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf visited the show.
But once Mr. Stewart, who makes “fake news” look better than real news sometimes, gets into campaign mode, there will be no shortage of invitations for him to appear on for-real news shows, and that’s not just because Mr. Stewart has proved he’s a keen observer of the political landscape.
This is a fake anchor who can get away with what real anchors can’t.
Introduction: Top 10 Most Powerful People in TV News 2007
1. Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox News
2. Steve Capus, President of NBC News
3. Charles Gibson, Anchor, ABC’s ‘World News’
4. David Westin, President of ABC News
5. Tim Russert, Managing editor and moderator of ‘Meet the Press’ and senior VP and Washington bureau chief for NBC News
6. Keith Olbermann, Host of MSNBC’s ‘Countdown With Keith Olbermann’
7. Sean McManus, President of CBS News
8. Jon Klein, President of CNN/U.S.; Ken Jautz, Executive VP of CNN Worldwide; Jim Walton, President of CNN Worldwide
9. N.S. Bienstock, Talent agency
10. Jon Stewart, Anchor of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’