Is Jon Stewart announcement and Brian Williams' suspension more than a coincidence?


Within a few hours of each other, NBC announced "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams will be suspended for six months without pay following an inflated iraq war report, and "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart announced he'd be leaving his show as early as this summer. Both stories breaking so close together could easily be written off as a coincidence, but not everyone thinks so.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh actually predicted NBC would court Stewart to replace Williams last week during his show.

"CBS got Colbert. NBC could get Stewart," he said. "Keep a sharp eye, and you might have heard it here first."

There is one obvious problem with this theory though; NBC's "Nightly News" is a serious news program, where the "Daily Show" is anything but. However, let's not forget that NBC did court Stewart to replace David Gregory as the host of "Meet the Press." So it's not unlikely that Stewart's name may have popped up again as NBC executives discuss possible solutions to their "Brian Williams problem."

At this point the theory is just conjecture, but it would make sense to replace the 835th most trusted man in news according to the Marketing Arm trustworthy index with the man the New York Times once called "the most trusted man in America."

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