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Bob Schieffer's Take on Stewart and Colbert

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 9th 2010 12:42PM
Bob SchiefferIt has often been reported via numerous polls that people in their 20s get most of their news from 'The Daily Show.' I've always been suspicious of this statistic, because you have to know the news to get most of the jokes on Jon Stewart's show, but there's probably at least a little truth to it. Now Bob Schieffer, host of CBS' 'Face the Nation,' is weighing in on the topic of whether you can get your news from that show or 'The Colbert Report.'

In short, Schieffer calls both Stewart and Colbert "editorial page cartoonists," in an interview at Broadcasting & Cable. He doesn't mean it in a derogatory way, he just means that they serve a certain function when it comes to the news. They're not journalists, they're making commentary on the journalist (and politics and current events and pop culture). He thinks "if all you watched is Stewart and Colbert, I'm not sure you could call yourself well-informed."

I would agree with that, and I bet Stewart and Colbert would too.

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To be fair, no one has made the claim that if you only watched TDS and TCR, you'd be "well informed". The case has been made that if you only watched those shows, you'd be better informed than if you only watched Cable News -- which is a far cry from being "well informed", but not a far cry from the truth. That's the whole point: Stewart and Colbert do a better job in their four hours of television a week informing the public than any other four hours of cable news do.

February 09 2010 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would argue that Stewart and Colbert's audience generally gets its news from the Interweb. Perhaps the Comedy Central shows are the only place on TV where they get their news.

February 09 2010 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

I certainly wouldn't say that those that watch only television news are all that "well-informed" either. I think the only places you can get really informed are NPR (which gets far higher ratings than all the right-wing hatefests) and PBS, and to a lesser degree newspapers like NYTimes and Washington Post.

February 09 2010 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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