Here's a great article from ArsTechnica. Apparently, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart DOES have the same meat as the nightly news.
The researchers looked at coverage of the 2004 Democratic and Republican national conventions and the first presidential debate of the fall campaign, all of which were covered by the mainstream broadcast news outlets and The Daily Show. Individual broadcasts of the nightly news and corresponding episodes of The Daily Show were analyzed by the researchers, who found that the "average amounts of video and audio substance in the broadcast network news stories" were no different from The Daily Show. Perhaps more telling, The Daily Show delivered longer stories on the topic.I don't know if I should laugh or cry... probably both if you ask Jon Stewart.
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