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Friday, March 09, 2007

The Daily Show: Replacing Hype with Humor

Posted by: Hammer / 8:29 AM

The primary difference between network news shows and the Daily Show isn't substance. It's that the network shows are long on hype, short on substance, while the Daily Show is long on humor, short on substance. Fox's lame attempt at a humorous news show is long on hype and short on humor. So there's a balance in the universe.

Oh, it's not just me saying it. There's a researcher in Indiana who actually came up with some data:

"Interestingly," wrote Fox in the research paper, "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."



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