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Study: ‘Daily Show’ as Substantive as Network News

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Posted on Oct 6, 2006
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That’s the conclusion of a professor at Indiana University who analyzed coverage of the 2004 presidential conventions. Of course, that’s not necessarily saying much.  The study noted: Network news shows are filled with fluff.


Indiana University:

Which would you think has more substantive news coverage—traditional broadcast network newscasts or The Daily Show with Jon Stewart?

Would you believe the answer is neither?

Julia R. Fox, assistant professor of telecommunications at Indiana University isn’t joking when she says the popular “fake news” program, which last week featured Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as a guest, is just as substantive as network coverage.

While much has been written in the media about The Daily Show’s impact, Fox’s study is the first scholarly effort to systematically examine how the comedy program compares to traditional television news as sources of political information.

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By Jefferson's Guardian, October 8, 2006 at 8:02 am Link to this comment
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The Daily Show, unlike traditional network (i.e., “corporate”) media, delves into the realities of our bought government. Ironically, the truth is more entertaining than fiction. Keep up the good work, Jon. You’re the proverbial voice-in-the-wilderness. You lend hope to tens of thousands who, otherwise, wouldn’t have the opportunity to see and hear the charade we call government-by-and-for-the-people.

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By Ken, October 6, 2006 at 10:57 am Link to this comment
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Actually, the “Daily Show” is more informative because the commentary is more incisive.

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