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Stewart/Colbert = Funny Truth; FOX News = Noisy Truthiness

I’ve always maintained that you can learn a lot about a person by what they find funny.  There’s your people who like New Yorker cartoons and people who laugh at fart jokes, and all manner of people in-between.  One of my primary personality tests when dating was to uncover my dates’ knowledge and appreciation of Monty Python.  If the answer is, “that’s so stupid,” then I know the answerer probably is, too.

Sophisticated humor requires sophisticated audiences able to understand nuance, irony, and absurdity — high-level intellectual concepts.  Furthermore, if that humor is topical and political, one needs strong knowledge of current affairs.

That’s why this latest study from the Pew Research Center doesn’t surprise me at all:

A new study by the Pew Research Study shows that viewers of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report have the highest knowledge of national and international affairs, while Fox News viewers rank nearly dead last

…click the link to see the full results, but here are some examples:

Could answer at least 15 or 23 current affairs questions:

Stewart/Colbert audience: 54%
FOX News audience: 35%

Identify Sunnis:

Stewart/Colbert audience: 50%
FOX News audience: 32%

So sad when viewers of a comedy show are better informed than viewers of a news show.

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