Thursday, October 07, 2004

More News After 30 Minutes of Jon Stewart Than 24/7 Cable News 


You have to wonder why Jon Stewart does two hours of satirical news a week, yet somehow seems to add more incite, more real thinking and more real issues coverage than six 24/7 cable news channels.

Think about how news used to be. 30 minutes from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Then maybe a half hour of commentary. Then perhaps an afternoon or morning broadcast or two a week. And there was only NBC, CBS, and ABC. Yet, at the end of the day, they covered every war, all the issues and between an hour of news a day and the newspaper, Americans were generally more informed than they are now.

Take a careful look at cable news and what you see is nothing more than endless re-treading old themes and memes and punditry from “experts”.

At the end of the day, it’s all a wash. Jon Stewart, while just faking it, offers more news than CNN all week.

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