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Is The Daily Show an informational program?
The Television Critics Association seems to think so. The Daily Show won their award in the category of Outstanding Achievement in News and Information, beating out 60 Minutes and Meet the Press. I am an avid watcher of The Daily Show (sometimes I think their perspective is all that keeps me sane in these surreal times), but I don't know if I'd really put it under the heading of news and information. I'd call it more of an infotainment/parody/comedy/talk show. The TCA needs to form a category for that.
You and Erika got me started watching this. Great show!
I actually disagree….it’s definitely a news and information show. They report the news in a very “fair and balanced” manner – equally slamming all and presenting the facts without all the bs and slanted agendas of the other “news” organizations.
Three cheers for the Daily Show and any and all awards they may receive!
I love the show. I learn things when I watch it (which shows how ill-informed I am). I wouldn’t call it fair or balanced. Even thought they take pokes at both sides, it’s generally pretty clear what Stewart et al think and which side they would come down on. That doesn’t bother me, it’s just something I’m aware of when I watch it.