Thursday, May 25, 2006

Bill O'Reilly Makes a Funny

According to Bill O'reilly, young people don't know what's going on in the world because "they get their news from Jon Stewart."

Like, what should I watch instead, the O'Reilly factor? Yeah, right.

It turns out that Daily Show viewers are more informed about current events than newspaper readers or cable news viewers. And, naturally, they are vastly better informed than viewers of that show hosted by O'Reilly.

Also, they are better educated. Daily Show viewers are 78% more likely to have four years of college education than the general public. O'Reilly viewers are only 24% more likely to have the same education.

And I know why I watch it. It's a sad commentary on the American media that the most honest news program on television is the one that admits to being fake. And in 30 oh-so-short minutes, Mr. Stewart successfully lampoons the mainstream media and goes from telling stupid jokes to interviewing some of the country's greatest leaders... on their level. And of course, he's hilarious.

On honesty, respect, intelligence and humor, Mr. O'Reilly is sorely lacking.


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