Mainstream news outlets' long, insular nightmare that young people confuse fake news shows like The Daily Show and Colbert Report with real news may be coming true. Nearly one-third of people under 40 say satirical news shows are taking the place of traditional news.
Though Jon Stewart's interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer was called "serious journalism" in the White House press room, he's always rejected the idea of himself as a journalist. His show — he's said repeatedly — should be taken as entertainment, not news, and that people wouldn't see its humor if they weren't consuming news somewhere else.
Either way, it seems to me satirical news is better than no news. And, for some people — OK, me — it served as a gateway show into more respected news sources. Like the Internet!