For many under 30, the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” is, improbably, an important news source.
A poll released earlier this year by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 21 percent of people aged 18 to 29 cited “The Daily Show” and “Saturday Night Live” as a place where they regularly learned presidential campaign news.
—Young America’s news source: Jon Stewart (CNN)
I blogged this Pew report on the NMJ@SHU site a while ago, but it’s interesting to read CNN’s response:
Random conversations with nine people, aged 19 to 26, waiting to see a taping of “The Daily Show” last week revealed two who admitted they learned much about the news from the program.
The word “random” downplays the obvious bias involved in interviewing people who like Jon Stewart enough to want to be in his studio audience. A good news editor would be on the lookout for things that might be easily misinterpreted.