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Study Finds 'Daily Show'

On Par With Nets

10/6/2006 1:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon StewartJon Stewart doesn't just think he's smarter than everyone else. He might actually BE smarter than everyone else.

Julia R. Fox, an assistant professor of telecommunications at Indiana University, has conducted a study that says that the popular "fake news" show is just as substantive as network coverage.

The study, "No Joke: A Comparison of Substance in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Broadcast Network Television Coverage of the 2004 Presidential Election Campaign," will be published next summer by the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, published by the Broadcast Education Association.

"It is clearly a humor show, first and foremost," Fox said of Stewart's program. "But there is some substance on there, and in some cases, like John Edwards announcing his candidacy, the news is made on the show. You have real newsmakers coming on, and yes, sometimes the banter and questions get a little silly, but there is also substantive dialogue going on ... It's a legitimate source of news."
Fox, along with two grad students at Indiana University, examined broadcast nightly newscasts on July 26-30, August 30-31 and September 1-3 in 2004. Then they studied episodes of "The Daily Show" on July 27-30, August 31 and September 1-3 in 2004.

What the study found is that while there is considerably more humor than substance on "The Daily Show," there is more hype (polls, political endorsements and photo ops) than substance on broadcast newscasts.

"Interestingly, the average amounts of video and audio substance in the broadcast network news stories were not significantly different than the average amounts of visual and audio substance in 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' stories about the presidential election," she wrote in the paper.


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Does that mean that Anderson Cooper has some competition for sexiest news man alive?

2939 days ago


WOW... im impressed... a piece actually worth reading. nice work TMZ.

haha Galen, i agree.

2939 days ago

Jennifa O Jenny    

I prefer to listen to what Jon Stewart has to say on national and international news because he has smart insight and doesn't have to cater to anyone - so he's honest about how he feels. And with sarcasim and humor - it's done in a way that can't be done in most other news venues.

2939 days ago


This guy is so freakin funny. He & Colbert are hilarious.

2939 days ago


I think this study points out what those of us that watch this show already know. This show is intelligent, witty, humorous , as well as informative.

2939 days ago


I would do both John and/or Steven any day! Throw in Cooper as a bonus! The most sexiest guys alive are those with a keen sense of humor!

2939 days ago


Jon Stewart caters to no one and that is why he delivers real news. I love it when he calls out network news on not reporting the real issues. And, he makes us laugh.......we all win.

2939 days ago


I refuse to watch news on T.V. anymore because it's all about marketing and political agenda. It's a hype, hypocrisy, and speculation meant to insight hysteria in anyone that watches. They don't report ANYTHING. In much mis-information has been broadcast of late, it's just ludicrous to even try and get news from T.V. So...I read. I read newspapers and I read news online. AND THEN...I go home at night and watch John Stewart report and comment on it all with real intelligence and common sense. He points out the hypocrisy that runs rampant in our society and says "HEY! THIS ISN'T RIGHT!'s not going unnoticed!." Every night I get a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing I'm not the only person on the planet that sees it. Thank you John Stewart (and Stephen Colbert). Without you I'd just throw my T.V. out.

2939 days ago

Roger G. Black    

Jon Stewart's Daily Show, BBC World News, and Brian Williams' NBC Nightly News are our regular sources of news every week day and we try our best not to miss any of them. And just to be sure we consider every angle, The Colbert Report and Keith Oberlin's MSNBC Countdown round out our regular watching. Without both the wisdom and humor imparted by John, Stephen, and Keith, I don't think we could keep our sanity. By the way, I'm 73 and my wife is 69 years old and we've never seen a time when humor is so important.

2939 days ago

John V    

Im 22 and i watch the regular news a lot, and i honestly know Jon is very very smart. He just has his comedy way of expressin the news and he does a hell of a job doing. I mean seriously whats better watchin the news or Jon takin real clips of the president contradictin everything he says? lol give up Jon i hope he keeps it up and more people get to see his show and understand his sense of humor

2939 days ago

Rasta Avatar    

Saying the Daily Show is on par with network news is like saying McDonalds is on par with Burger King, neither one is nutritious. While the Daily Show is funny and they have good comedy writers and great on air talent, they tend to be lazy about informing themselves in depth on any issue. Mostly what passes for intelligent incisive commentary from a leftist perspective is really not much more then Democratic party talking points and knee jerk lazy upper east side limousine liberalism. It's mostly shallow and oftentimes promotes the right wing agenda by buying into their basal political and social paradigm. Let's face it, it's not like The Huffingtom Post nor Counterpunch nor any number of hard hitting in depth leftist online alternative news outlets. It's the Burger King of leftist news, it may fill up your tummy but you won't be nourished by it . Also they make the foolish political mistake of always promoting Darwinism like it is some kind of holy gospel and central to leftist dogma. That's really annoying and stupid on many levels.

2939 days ago

Rosie Fan    

Jon Stewart is one of the sexiest men alive! If only he'd do his show naked.
ha ha

2938 days ago

Alyn Brodsky    

This is by far the best news show on TV. In fact, it's light years ahead of all the others, and that includes that insipid Katie Couric. Watch Jon & Company, and you needn't watch any other newscast to know what's REALLY going on. The Maven has spoken!

2938 days ago

Tom Horseonovich Colligan    

I too find this small Jewish man sexy and erotic.

2937 days ago

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