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Blog 8: Daily Show/Colbert Report

I remember that it was my junior year in high school that I started to watch The Daily Show on a fairly consistent basis. Back then The Daily Show was just a shadow of what it is today. Today, Jon Stewart and his companion Stephen Colbert, have so much pull that they can have thousands of people travel hundreds of miles just to see them speak at a rally they created. With so many people getting news from these two men when does their show move from a comedy show to something else? I think that these two shows have a very strange place in the political spectrum. They know that at the point of their show is to make people laugh. However, they also know  that they have a opportunity to reach out to people who normally may not be interested in the news. Jon Stewart knows how he impacts political debates and the “Colbert Bump” is a very real thing. In my opinion these two shows can be counted as real political news. I learn new things from a different perspective every time I watch their shows. I believe that Jon Stewart stated what he saw as his role in the political spectrum at his Rally To Restore Sanity.

I believe that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have a bit of a left leaning bias. Everyone knows that Jon Stewart gets a lot of kicks from Fox News, especially Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly.

That’s not to say that Stewart and Colbert spend all of their time attacking Fox News and it’s pundits. I have seen Jon Stewart spend an entire segment of his show attacking MSNBC or CNN. By going after all the news networks Colbert and Stewart keep all of them held accountable to what they are saying.

I believe that Stewart and Colbert are great at promoting political participation. Colbert does an awesome job at raising money for charities and other events by using his show as an outlet for a certain cause. I believe that they hold a special sway with young voters as opposed to older voters. All in all I am a pretty big fan of The Daily Show and Colbert Report and I like what they say on their show.

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  1. April 4, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Good post. Good point about Colbert raising money through his program. He did this just the other day in a Jimmy Fallon challenge. This should definitely be accounted for when trying to figure out the impact of these shows on democracy.

  1. March 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm

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