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Blog 9: Comedy Central as a New-source

Regarding the question on whether or not the Colbert Report and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart are actual political news sources, I would say yes. There are however, major differences between news sources such as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News compared to these two Comedy Central based shows. Here are a few reasons why the Daily Show and Colbert Report can be regarded as news in my opinion.

  • People who do not watch regular news programs on other networks can view these shows and become informed citizens
  • Although the way these shows cover political news in a comical and satirical way,they are still providing citizens with the facts
  • These shows cover the current ongoing events in political media  as well as have guests from all over the political spectrum such as current presidents, candidates running for various offices, as well as governors

When it comes to deciding whether or not these shows are biased, I believe that basically every show that discusses political topics has some sort of bias. In my opinion the main difference with these two programs and regular news broadcasts is the fact that these shows offer unfiltered fact based although satirical news stories. They incorporate the facts in with the comedy which is appealing to viewers.

Finally, I believe that the Colbert Report as well as the Daily Show definitely promote political participation in our country. These shows reach out to a different demographic when compared to the typical news outlets. Younger people are becoming more involved than ever before in politics and I believe it is partly due to the fact that they are becoming more informed citizens through shows like these. It is also obvious that Colbert and Stewart have an impact on political participation, especially following this past weekend’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, held in Washington D.C..  The rally was heavily promoted on the shows as well as on other networks. Also, it is reported that 200,000 people attended the rally, which was televised this weekend.

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