Thursday, June 29, 2006

"John Stewart is Poisoning Democracy".. Bullshit I say..

This excerpt is from a Washington Post article on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show":

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!!

9 comments:

saga said...

"No dark sarcasm in the classroom...
Teachers leave them kids alone


Not that I needed another reason to use the Post to wipe my a$$, after that "Black Man" series, but this helps...

Vman said...

The Daily Show is saving democracy, it just makes fun of the media a lot and now they're striking back by writing articles like this. Damn, this makes me angry.

Jonzee said...

...I have to add the "Situation Room" on CNN to your list.

I have more than enough of this crap. Anything that is satirical and doesn't stick its nose up El Hefe's ass and say "thank you for shitting on me" is unpatriotic. I think if anything, Mr. Stuarts' satire is thought provoking on either side of the fence. Plus the man is always talking about voting...so what the hell??? Did the even bother to check his show out while doing their so called research?? And who paid for it? I bet it you it was those "researchers" at the American Heritage Foundation.


And to the CIA...if you are still following me--screw off...

Otis said...

Initially, I thought Jon Stewart's show was baffoonery but after his October 15, 2004 interview on CNN's Crossfire, I gained respect for him and realized that his show is a comedy but there is valuable information to be had.

Check it out http://mediamatters.org/items/200410160003

Amadeo said...

The only bad thing I could say about the daily show is it makes me lazy...I don't have to think up jokes anymore while I get my news.

niya said...

I may be the only one who is clueless, but where is East Carolina University?

Anonymous said...

Greenville, South Carolina

Brother OMi said...

i enjoy the daily show (when i had cable)... but i am a cat who reads and listens to about 2 hours of news a day.

while i disagree with the researches, i still don't see folks flocking to the voting booth. No one is talking about the midterm elections for november '06.

then again, the job of the Daily show is satire not to inform.

Fat Ted said...

amen to that