Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.
How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.
If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 3rd) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.
This was originally posted on April 3, 2010 on my old blog.
Best Informed Viewers Get Their News From Comedy Central
I was struck by a headline I ran across that read, “Daily Show/Colbert Viewers Most Knowledgeable.” Also of note is that the headline went on to say, “Fox News Viewers Rank Lowest.” What a shocker that is!
I am a fan of both Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report, In a previous post on this blog, I commented that these two shows are the funniest, most relevant, and, at the same time, most irreverent shows on TV. I’m apparently not alone in my assessment.
It seems that the faux news Daily Show and the faux conservative pundit Stephen Colbert, appearing nightly (Monday through Thursday) on Comedy Central at 11:00 and 11:30 p.m ET, respectively, have the most well-informed, knowledgeable viewers of all forms of media, including network news shows, cable news channels, newspapers, and magazines.These findings came from a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center to gauge public knowledge of current affairs and how people get their information about events in the news.
The Pew survey showed that there is no clear connection between news formats and what audiences know. The survey found that “Well-informed audiences come from cable (Daily Show/Colbert Report, O’Reilly Factor), the internet (especially major newspaper websites), broadcast TV (NewsHour with Jim Lehrer) and radio (NPR, Rush Limbaugh). The less informed audiences also frequent a mix of formats: broadcast television (network morning news shows, local news), cable (Fox News Channel), and the internet (online blogs where people discuss news events).”
Granted, this survey is three years old, but I don’t think things have changed all that much since April 2007. Oh wait, that’s probably not true. The Fox News channel’s audience has probably grown with the addition of such personalities as Glenn Beck and, most recently, Sarah Palin.
Isn’t that great? Now there are even more people who are ill-informed.