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Hypergene MediaBlog » Jon Stewart: "You guys are confusing yourselves with real journalists"

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Monday, 04 Nov 2002

Jon Stewart: "You guys are confusing yourselves with real journalists"

Many of the attendees at last week’s NDN conference mentioned that some of today’s youth get their news from the Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. This was of some concern, consternation and confusion to them. But if you read this interview by Howard Kurtz that aired on CNN Saturday, you can see that Stewart has a shrewd and insightful understanding of today’s television media. His commentary about the transgressions of media reveals the appeal of his show — getting news from a comedic source isn’t that far from how we get it now.

Here’s choice exchange from the interview:

STEWART: … I mean, let’s face facts. I mean, breaking news — the words breaking news I don’t even think can be used any more.

KURTZ: … they’ve been overused?

STEWART: Well, during the sniper thing, they just left it up there. They just literally left up the “breaking news” graphic. And what’s the difference between breaking news, by the way, and “news alert”? What is the difference between a news alert and breaking news?

KURTZ: A news alert makes you think that there might be breaking news. Breaking news means that there actually is some sort of oozing thing called news.

STEWART: Oh, OK.

At one point in the interview, Kurtz actually takes Stewart to task for the use of backdrops (green screens) for correspondents on The Daily Show, instead of having the correspondents actually in the field. Isn’t this misleading, Kurtz asked? Oh the irony.…

Posted on Nov 04, 2002 | 10:16 am EST
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