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Young People Say Daily Show and Colbert Report Are Replacing Traditional News

Young People Say Stewart and Colbert Are Replacing News

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!


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silversnowflake silversnowflake 8 years
Mmm. Kids you have to check out both the actual news and Colbert/Stewart. I agree with Steph one is not always funny without the other. Colbert and Stewart make the depressing nonsense of news studios into amazingly entertaining goodness.
janneth janneth 8 years
Yes, steph, you can't really enjoy Colbert to the fullest if you don't know what is happening in the news.
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
I fall into the category or young people they're talking about. I don't have TV, but I LIVE on the internet. I read my daily local paper, seek out clips on issues that matter most to me on the net (as close as I can to the real source) and occasionally sit and watch a week's worth of Daily Show and/or Colbert while I sew. Just to get another perspective on the relative hilarity of 'regular/real news'. The few times I've sat at my parent's house in recent years and watched Fox, NBC, ABC, etc I find myself disgusted at the amount of twisting of facts that occurs and how they try to skew peoples' opinions via sensationalism. It's sickening, really. BTW - I have tried watching those same sources online, but they just tend to infuriate me so I stopped. I'd much rather take the time to gather my information and have Stewart & Colbert boil it with a good dose of humor. We need more of that these days. Although the idea of people only getting their info from them is kinda scary, but they do all they can to responsibly say "We are NOT serious here folks."
geebers geebers 8 years
I don't know if there is such a thing as "real" news anymore. You have to really read several sources and decide what it news (unless we are talking cold hard news like murders and crimes). I am sure some people here would not consider NY Times news because it is so biased. I see the same situation when it comes to Colbert and Stewart- they clearly call their "news" comedy- that is what it is. But at least they admit they are biased unlike plenty of so-called reputable news sources.
Tulipe Tulipe 8 years
I think, like Stephley, that it's impossible to follow the jokes if you don't have the slightest idea of what is going on. I love Colbert because he is himself the show, the satire, and what he says makes me laugh. Stewart is more on the "deconstructing the news and the way the mainstream media cover it" side... But often when I watch them, I find myself smiling and saying the word "silly". Because they're often silly. It's not serious news, but after a day of seriousness and depressing news, it's kind of a good way to relax and keep perspective !
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I don't have anything against either one of them but their shows just don't interest me. I do like political comedians like Lewis Black who do stand up but a show format just doesn't attract me. Young people today are just out of it period whether they watch those shows or not. They have no flippin clue what the hell is going on unless some issue reaches out and directly disrupts their lives and only then do they perk an ear to what's going on.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I agree with steph--don't you, uh, kinda have to know what's going on in the news in the first place to get the Colbert/Stewart jokes?
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I think this is less a statement about how uninformed young people are, and more about how terrible cable news has gotten. But I agree with Stephley, throwing some NYTimes in there too is pretty essential. And it's not just the Cramer interview, Stewart has been giving some pretty good interviews this year (I liked his ones with Sandra Day O'Connor and Mike Huckabee!).
stephley stephley 8 years
If they read the news online, then watch Stewart or Colbert I'm not worried - but if they're just watching Stewart and Colbert, some of the jokes are going over their heads!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Here, here, zeze. I got into the habit of watching CNN in the morning because it was on in the chow lines, so I've continued that now that I'm a civilian. But I'd rather watch Stewart/Colbert just about any time.
zeze zeze 8 years
I don't think that people are confusing the two, but fake news is better sometimes IMO. I for one watch more Colbert than CNN/FOX/MSNBC - not because his news is more accurate, but because the "real" news has become soooo politicized, so ideological, so twisted that it has become fake news without acknowledging its fakeness - at least when I watch Stewart and Colbert they tell me right up front their news is comedy, out of context, and not the whole story - iconically enough the fake news is more honest. And I do think that under the comedy routine they can get away with asking some really interesting questions that "real" news would never dare!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
This is embarrassing. It's not news, it's entertainment. Stewart and Colbert would tell you that themselves. If somebody took everything they said seriously, they'd end up with a lot of misinformation. I really hope those people who rely on the Daily Show or Colbert Report as their sole news source didn't bother to vote.
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