This is not funny: Jon Stewart and his hit Comedy Central cable show may be poisoning democracy. Two political scientists found that young people who watch Stewart's faux news program, "The Daily Show," develop cynical views about politics and politicians that could lead them to just say no to voting.
But, but, but wait it gets worse!!!
Jody Baumgartner and Jonathan S. Morris of East Carolina University said previous research found that nearly half -- 48 percent -- of this age group watched "The Daily Show" and only 23 percent of show viewers followed "hard news" programs closely. To test for a "Daily Effect," Baumgartner and Morris showed video clips of coverage of the 2004 presidential candidates to one group of college students and campaign coverage from "The CBS Evening News" to another group. Then they measured the students' attitudes toward politics, President Bush and the Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.).
The results showed that the participants rated both candidates more negatively after watching Stewart's program. Participants also expressed less trust in the electoral system and more cynical views of the news media, according to the researchers' article, in the latest issue of American Politics Research."
I don't know who these god-awful researchers are, but these must have been the same kids who got atomic wedgies during lunch period and never "got the girl" so to speak, because I haven't seen a bigger pile of shit since I poked a hole in my great Uncle's colostomy bag once. Listen, the only two news shows worth watching in this age of "information", are "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" on MSNBC, and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart". Besides that, where are you going to get a more accurate dose of news, please tell me? Your local news, where they just regurgitate what the other news outlets spew out, with a few local murders and a "cat in the tree" story?? FOX News, an organization that was found to mislead people so much that more of their audience thought that Saddam had something to do with 9/11?? "Hardball with Chris Matthews", seems like a decent enough guy, but he spews out so many republican falsehoods if you had a drinking game based on it you would need a liver transplant before the hour was up. As for cable T.V, Jon Stewart's show is one of the best for accurate news, which is saying a lot of the landscape of news based on it being a comedy show. Sure, it's laced with cynicism concerning our politicians, but there is a good reason for that. They are all full of shit!!