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 Wednesday, 28 September 2005
Wednesday, 28 September 2005 12:29:19 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

Response to a previous post on The Daily Show:


While the Daily Show is very entertaining, that's no more news than Rush Limbaugh. It's comedic entertainment at the expense of the people in office.


I think it's great entertainment, though.


And yet for better or worse a huge number of people get their news from The Daily Show. Some other large number (ditto-heads) get their news from Limbaugh.


A sad commentary on the state of any actual news providers…


Last summer I was in Birmingham, AL and we walked through their museum of Black American history (a great museum btw). One exhibit dealt with the race riots in AL – Martin Luther King, the yankee white kids who came to support the blacks and got in way over their heads, etc.


Part of that exhibit was a loop of the national news at the time: Walter Kronkite front and center. I grew up watching this man, and that is the news I remember. That was a different and far superior era of news compared to today.


Today the only place I’ve seen comparable quality of news is in Canada. The local news broadcasts in Toronto make me think of Walter Kronkite. Of actual relevant news delivered in an even and concise manner.


Contrast that to any US news broadcast and there’s no comparison. The relevance is extremely low, sensationalism is extremely high and it is very obviously all about manipulating the audience to feel something rather than to actually inform them. It really is just entertainment – albeit of a sick and twisted sort.


So getting the news from The Daily Show is also entertainment, but it is (imo) far less sick and twisted than getting it from the “actual” news channels. At least TDS is trying to inform through humor rather than inform through terror and fear (or in Limbaugh’s case inform through fear and hate).

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Wednesday, 28 September 2005 16:46:07 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Spot on. People should recognize that the popular news media is just a form of entertainment.

Here's an entry I wrote long ago...
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