08/25/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Frank Rich: Most Trusted Man In News Can't Be "Outsourced To Comedy Central And Jon Stewart"

That's why the past week's debate about whether there could ever again be a father-figure anchor with Cronkite's everyman looks and sonorous delivery is an escapist parlor game. What matters is content, not style. The real question is this: How many of those with similarly exalted perches in the news media today -- and those perches, however diminished, still do exist in the multichannel digital age -- will speak truth to power when the country is on the line? This journalistic responsibility cannot be outsourced to Comedy Central and Jon Stewart.