Monday, October 09, 2006

Thanks to Mike Daisey for pointing this out. The Daily show is the reason I got cable. Check this article out.

The Daily Show is as substantive as the "real" news 10/4/2006 4:36:32 PM, by Eric Bangeman

The Daily Show is much funnier than traditional newscasts, but a new study from Indiana University says it has the same amount of meat on its bones when it comes to coverage of the news. The brand of news coverage Jon Stewart and the rest of The Daily Show's staff brings to the airwaves is just as substantive as traditional news programs like World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News, according to the study conducted by IU assistant professor of telecommunications Julia R. Fox and a couple of graduate students.


Malachy Walsh said...

I think this says more about how substantive the "real" news is than it does about how substantive Jon Stewart is.

Some day The Onion will be more factual than the NY Times, too. Then Jason Blair and Judith Miller will come to work for The Onion and that will be over too.

Adam said...

Yes, this is true I think. Jon is not trying to be a news show. He's trying to be funny about the news.

Anonymous said...

Yes but the "real" news tries to be funny about the news too except they're not funny. Or they try to peddle their soft-porn newsreaders as serious newscasters.


Malachy Walsh said...

Funny. "Soft-porn" newsreaders.

My aunt calls them "news bunnies".

Though I'm not so sure Brian Williams is either.

Jamespeak said...

When I saw an anchorwoman showing off midriff on the news a couple years ago (I think it was FOX, but I'm not 100% sure), I pretty much knew we were screwed.

Malachy Walsh said...

My point is made by Stephen Colbert for me.