It’s now past my bedtime, but The A Daily Show and the Colbert Report are back on the air — sort of.
In a Reason article entitled Amusing Ourselves to Depth, San Francisco writer Greg Beato asks whether the Onion is America’s most intelligent newspaper (thanks, Kevin S.!).
Jon Stewart has signed a two-year extension as host of The Daily Show. TDL now has its own website with all show video dating back to 1999.
From the NYT: Anyone looking for evidence that liberals are funnier than conservatives might be tempted to point to the demise of Fox News Channel’s “1/2 Hour News Hour,” the network’s answer to left-wing news parodies like “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central.
Ken Silverstein posed as the representative of a London-based energy company with interests in Turkmenistan that wanted to buff the image of the former cult-of-personality state. He found Washington lobbyists tripping over themselves to represent the corrupt petrocracy. After Harper’s magazine published the story, there were no shortage of MSM critics tut-tutting about Silverstein’s tactic. [...]
The key recommendations? Be bold and cut through the fog of spin.
Craig Newmark of craigslist fame held forth with a group of newspaper people. He was not encouraging.
Got cable? Then watch PBS at 9 p.m. EDT today for Bill Moyers’ Journal. Jonno will be on!
From the NYT: Americans may have more news outlets today than two decades ago, but they still don’t know much more about current events than they did then, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.