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December 2nd, 2009


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02:34 am - Thoughts on the Daily Show
I saw a fascinating segment on the Daily Show tonight, an interview with journalist Maziar Bahari, who had been jailed, in part due to his appearance on a Daily Show segment this summer. It was well-handled, and was also a fascinating microcosm of how the Daily Show has changed. It sounded like any other news show, far better done than most, but it was not a comedy show, it was a new show. In this era of Fox News not merely lying, but saying that it has the right to lie, distort and create facts indiscriminately and call the result journalism, it's hardly a surprise that Jon Stewart is by far America's most trusted newscaster. However, what is interesting is as time has gone on, the Daily Show has become far less about comedy and far more about news, which is easily seen by comparing it to the Colbert Report, which remains comedy about news rather than news. Tonight, I wondered how Jon Stewart feels about how what started out as a comedy show is now the most trusted news show in the US, that must be a very odd, and not entirely comfortable feeling.
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From:machineiv
Date:December 2nd, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
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It must be difficult. Because in order for TDS to maintain what it's doing, it has to continually remind us that it's *not* news. It's the only way it can be honest, maintaining journalistic integrity, while getting both sides of the fence to watch without being completely disregarded for its 'liberal bias.'

Never mind that silly things like 'truth' and 'humanity and dignity' have a liberal bias.
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From:krinndnz
Date:December 2nd, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Tonight, I wondered how Jon Stewart feels about how what started out as a comedy show is now the most trusted news show in the US, that must be a very odd, and not entirely comfortable feeling.

Indeed, that must be interesting. I imagine that for someone with Stewart's skills, it'll also make for a heck of a memoir.
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From:dancinglights
Date:December 2nd, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
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I've read several interviews with Stewart (and Colbert) that bring this up, in Rolling Stone of all places. He generally mentions that polls about his show being trusted and people who watch it scoring the highest on current events quizzes make him sad, and while it's not what he ever intended to do, he's driven by the state of everything claiming to be news to keep it up. The interviews are a couple of years old, but are only increasingly relevant as time goes on. He also usually mentions that for the sake of his kids and their future, he'd rather live in a better world where he has less material to work with.

ah, here's one of the older ones online: http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/jon_stewart_stephen_colbert_americas_anchors
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From:kitten_goddess
Date:December 3rd, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
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I get my news from Keith Olbermann (sp?) and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, supplemented by links from my LJ friends. The trouble with this is that all my news is heavily partisan and has much agitprop, which sometimes leads to paranoia if I am not careful. On the bright side, I get to hear a lot of interesting things that don't reach the general public.

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