Media Journal A Critical Analysis of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

1450 WordsJun 21, 20186 Pages
The Daily Show pronounces itself as a fake news program, and it pulls its comedy and satire from current news reports, politicians, media companies, and often, features of the show itself. The show usually begins with an extended monologue from host, Jon Stewart, communicating new headlines and regularly includes discussions with several correspondents, who assume ridiculous or amusingly overstated takes on recent events against Stewart's straightforward character. The concluding segment contains a celebrity interview, with guests varying from authors and political figures to actors and musicians. Critics contend the show is a major source for news for the 18 to 34 year-old age group because of their satire and sharp-witted lampoon of…show more content…
Newscasters’ current view of balance is to report both sides of an issue, despite the consequences. Straightforward news has descended into a wacky belief that replaces balance for accuracy and truth. Virtually every matter can be described as a debate between two conflicting sides, and the journalist is apprehensive of expressing that one side has it right, and the other side does not. It leaves the audience in the position of having to consider opposing factual assertions, often without enough info to properly choose that one side is clearly right, and the other side is striving to create doubt with propaganda. Interpretation An interpretation of the show reflects that many viewers consider Stewart a reputable, true journalist who provides a genuine take on current events. Many watchers obtain their news and opinions from his show. Comparing the show’s news outline with that of the more conventional news media and investigating the listing of guests and segments, then placing the program into some kind of media framework shows the structures are quite similar. This leads to the audience giving credibility to the show as an authentic source for news. There are questions raised on how Stewart achieves this. What is Stewart accomplishing on his program, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which may affect people to believe him as a trustworthy commentator? How is the show comparable to, and unlike from, what people get from the mainstream media? The

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