This year the Pew Research Center has done some interesting studies on the ways in which people get their news. Surprisingly on the report two shows appeared that one might not normally consider credible sources, The Daily Show and the Colbert Report. Both on Comedy Central. I could not find numbers, but I wonder how many people also turn to other comedy shows for their news, such as Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live.
As it turns out, according to a report in July of this year, the ratings for the daily show are higher than the average ratings of any show on fox news, except The O’Reily Factor.
Just something to think about, but my initial synopsis is that comedy news shows have a tremendous amount of power to sway public opinion.
Below are the links to the Pew reports and the other article I read.