Comedy Central cutup Jon Stewart thinks
people should stick to legitimate news sources - instead of going
to programs like his "Daily Show," "The
and "The Tonight Show"
to find out what's going on in the world.
Recent Pew Research Surveys show that about
29 percent of Americans under 30 are likely to cite Jay Leno,
David Letterman and even Stewart as news sources.
"It's a crazy premise, it's
crazy, they're crazy to say that," Stewart told student journalists
on a recent trip to his alma mater, the College of William and
"You couldn't get all your
news from our show, because our show wouldn't even make sense
to you," he said.
"Information in today's society
- it's such a blizzard, white-out-condition of information. Kids
get information by osmosis today," Stewart said.
"You can't go anywhere, you
can't log on to the Internet, without absorbing a variety of information."
The surveys say that viewers think the late-night
comedy shows were more important sources of news for the 2000
elections than for news about the war on terrorism.
But Americans under the age of 30 are more
than twice as likely to get their daily doses of news from late
night comedy shows.
"I think what's relevant about
that quote, or even that piece of information, is that perhaps
younger people are much more savvy to the preposterous facade
that news and politics put forth as truth," Stewart said. "And
so they turn to any alternative source.
"But the idea that somehow
kids get their news from late-night television comedy is absurd."
[Photo caption: "You
can't go anywhere, you can't log on to the Internet, without absorbing
a variety of information," Stewart told students.]