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October 29, 2003

"Fake" News Beats "Fair And Balanced" Every Time

Ratings for the barking heads have been steadily falling for some time now. Atrios had posted a list showing the latest declining ratings:

FOX O'REILLY 1.9 [RATING]
CNN LARRY KING 1.6
FOX HANNITY/COLMES 1.2
FOX GRETA 0.9
CNN AARON BROWN 0.9
CNN ANDERSON 0.6
CNN ZAHN 0.7
MSNBC HARDBALL 0.3
MSNBC OLBERMANN 0.3
MSNBC SCARBOROUGH 0.3
CNBC BRIAN WILLIAMS 0.3
MSNBC ABRAMS 0.2
CNBC KUDLOW/KRAMER 0.2
CNBC BARTIROMO 0.2

What I found beautiful about this list is the absence of one show in particular, because it isn't "real" news: "The Daily Show." Not only have Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Steve Correl, Samantha Bee, Lewis Black, Mo Rocca, and Ed Helms beaten the snot out of their competition, "The Daily Show" was nominated for a Television Critics Association Award for "Outstanding Achievement in News and Information." The winner was "Frontline" -- also not listed above. None of the above shows was even nominated.

"The Daily Show" and Stewart himself won Emmys for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. They deserved them. For a show that isn't "real" news, it is head and shoulders above the "fair and balanced" crowd.

Posted on October 29, 2003 at 08:47 AM | Permalink

Comments

I wish Stewart bashed everyone but he seems more bent on republican bashing. He himself
isnt that funny, the mock interviews are.

Posted by: passing through at Aug 13, 2004 1:52:10 AM

I wish Stewart bashed everyone but he seems more bent on republican bashing. He himself
isnt that funny, the mock interviews are.

Posted by: passing through at Aug 13, 2004 1:52:41 AM

I wish Stewart bashed everyone but he seems more bent on republican bashing. He himself
isnt that funny, the mock interviews are.

Posted by: passing through at Aug 13, 2004 1:52:42 AM

I wish Stewart bashed everyone but he seems more bent on republican bashing. He himself
isnt that funny, the mock interviews are.

Posted by: passing through at Aug 13, 2004 1:53:06 AM