Stewart is the first to tell anyone who will listen that he is an entertainer, not a journalist. He intends to make people laugh and think, probably in that order.
But what is a journalist, anyway, in 2010? A blogger, who has no experience, can consider himself or herself a serious journalist. So can your garden-variety loudmouth on any cable-news channel... Stewart gets lots of laughs for his pointed commentaries about the news industry's sacred cows. Perhaps he may secretly yearn to have credibility as a pundit.
In a quick retort, Ernie Smith at Short Form Blog takes the air out of Friedman's balloon:
So, you’re asking, why do we think this is a stupid idea? Because Jon Stewart’s authority as a media commentator is largely the product of his outside-looking-in dynamic. Oh, and he’s a comedian, not a journalist. Oh, and we think Anderson Cooper probably has the inside track for this.