Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Daily Report

Shocking opening.

"Did you know that (fill in the blank) percent of young people get all their news from comedy shows like "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report?" Gasp!

I see hand-wringing "reporting" like that all the time. First of all, it's probably not true, if for no other reason than I can't imagine anyone would enjoy those programs without a decent reference base. You gotta catch a little of the news just to get the jokes.

But let's say it is true, just for argument's sake. Given the level of "journalism" (I'm just chock-a-block full of ironic quotation marks today) one receives through the media today -- some of which is quite good, but most boils down to a series of shouting contests -- is that such a bad thing? Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, the gang over at "SNL's" Weekend Update and others all do a pretty thorough job of delivering factual information, albeit with a goofy skewer stuck through it.

Comedy shows are not my only source of news, but they're an increasingly more reliable source than the advocacy hollering that pollutes supposed news channels.

And you get the funny! Who doesn't love a two-for-one bargain?

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