Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stewart, Colbert the new Kronkite, Murdoch

Maybe the title is a bit exaggerated, but here's my point. John Stewart on the Daily Show and Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report are some of the best outlets for no-bullshit news. I originally wrote "unbiased," but I think the incredibly democratic feeling of the crowds in their New York studios takes that word off the table. I do believe though, that both Stewart and Colbert pick on both sides of the party and hold them accountable for their ridiculous actions.

Because I'm a democrat, I probably liked this little segment a little too much but it explains exactly what I'm talking about.

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Palin quit. She did. It doesn't matter what you think about her. She made a promise to fulfill her term, and she didn't do it. She quit. John Stewart knows that, and he's allowed to say it because he's got his own TV show. He's calling her out for humor, but he's also doing it because the rest of the media can't seem to just say that. CNN will throw Chris Matthews at you and he'll criticize her decision, and FOX will have Bill O'Reilly come on TV and say he supports the move. It's like nobody ever reports just what happened anymore.

Stewart and Colbert don't really do that either, but at least they swim through the waves of crap to find the real truth and make it funny and enjoyable. They make the news a joke because most of the time, it is a joke.

And just to prove that they do it on both sides, here's another clip showing my favorite president Obama screwing the pooch on his overreaction and "apology" in reference to the Skip Gates issue.

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I don't have as much fire for this argument because it gets complicated when you try to assess the major networks as a whole with all of their shows in comparison to just two shows on Comedy Central, but I thought the idea needed to be said.

John Stewart and Stephen Colbert are some of the best sources to hold the media accountable. It's true. Watch their shows for an hour and then turn to some national news on those lesser-used lower TV channels. You'll see the difference not just in enjoyability, but also in the no-bull-crap attitude.

1 comment:

boxcar said...

There have actually been studies (The veracity of which I can't remember, but seem to recall being pretty good. I want to say that they were university studies somewhere) that said that pound for pound in hard news content, the Daily Show is covering just as much, if not more news than a high number of other news programs. Thought that would be a little fire for your argument.

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