‘Daily Show‘-man Jon Stewart ascended 12 places this year to top AskMen.com’s annual ranking of the Most Influential Men.
“While the U.S. wages war in the Middle East, Jon Stewart has been fighting his own brand of war in the vicious battleground of cable television, leading the charge of personalities and ideals against the behemoth, ultra-right American news media,” AskMen.com says of Stewart’s late-night soapbox. “[D]espite being an Obama supporter himself, Stewart is the first to blow the whistle on the president’s shortcomings when the leader doesn’t live up to his ‘Yes we can’ expectations. Left-wing or right-wing, no one is off-limits to Stewart.”
Speaking of the President Of The United States, Obama himself slipped 18 spots, to No. 21 on the list. As the site notes, “Barack Obama’s rallying cry of ‘Yes we can’ is starting to look like a bitter joke.”
Joining Stewart in the Top 10 on AskMen’s list of 49 are Microsoft overlord Bill Gates, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Steve Jobs, recording artist Kanye West, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, the increasingly experimental actor James Franco, PayPal cofounder/entrepreneur Elon Musk, international football coach Jose Mourinho (currently calling plays for Real Madrid) and Vanity Fair honcho Graydon Carter.