Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” is quite popular and, at times, amusing, however when people tell me all about its greatness as a news program, I can really only snort with mild amusement as it really isn’t a news show. What it is, is a comedy show dressed up as a news show, placing an emphasis on comedic value over news value. Calling it a news show is akin to describing my opinion pieces as news articles.
Want an example of what I’m talking about? Here’s an example of Jon Stewart twisting the words of a Fox News reporter in order to have some fun (and well lets face it, what comedian doesn’t like to have fun with the odd perception that Fox News is some far-right cuckoo organisation?)
Amusing? Yes. News? No.
Jon Stewart has his place, and is quite successful, but on the rare occasion where he mentions a story which I have missed, I have to find the original source because, quite frankly, I can’t trust a comedy program to provide me with the full story.
Hopefully this clears up a bit of confusion amongst those who have been on the receiving end of my amused snorts and chuckles.