I watched an interview on Bill O’Reilly’s show the other day. He was interviewing Jon Stewart mostly on the topic of his new book (see my recommendation below) but he also tried to grill Jon or somehow place blame on him for people watching his fake news show as their sole source of information about politics.
Jon and the Daily Show have long held the position that people solely watching “The Daily Show” for their daily intake of political discourse and information are in a sad state of affairs but the news media, almost fanatically, seem to want to crucify the show for their own sagging ratings and loss of relevancy.
O’Reilly went on in the interview to repeatedly call the show’s viewers “Stoned Slackers” and ill informed about politics and painting the entire audience with a hippy-liberal paintbrush. It kind of irked me and I thought it was great that Jon took it all in stride and didn’t stoop to Bill’s level, hit back with a little humor and a lot of very intellectual conversation.
Well in the past few days, the Daily Show has been touting some research/polling that shows the Daily Show viewers are, in fact, both more educated and more politically informed that viewers of either [late night talk shows], daily newspaper readers, and viewers of other network news shows.
O’Reilly said in the interview with Jon:
“You know what’s really frightening?” O’Reilly asked Stewart. “ You actually have an influence on this presidential election. That is scary, but it’s true.”
It’s scary for Bill because I think he realizes that Jon is “in command” of a very large audience of educated, politically informed and motivated young people who are probably in opposition to Bill’s ideals.
On the topic of education:
“Daily Show” viewers are 78 percent more likely than the average adult to have four or more years of college education, while O’Reilly’s audience is only 24 percent more likely to have that much schooling.
Link via CNN