Fake news shows cause dumber youth?

Well, maybe. A recent US study shows that the Daily/Colbert shows have the highest “news” ratings among the coveted 18 – 31 year old demographic in the States. Trouble is, they’re actually comedy shows with a distinct liberal bias, and viewers of the shows apparently have a lower political IQ than users of more traditional (i.e. real) news shows. Scroll down a bit though in this story and you’ll find a more nuanced view, from Canada, that people watch Stewart and Colbert precisely because they are well informed, and want some relief from the deadly seriousness that affects most straight news coverage.

CTV.ca, 14 September 2008

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