Colbert + Stewart = Cronkite: 30% of Young Viewers
Political satire is replacing traditional news for some: poll
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2009 3:33 PM CDT
Conan O'Brien mock-punches Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert during an appearance on O'Brien's show, Feb. 4, 2008.   (NBC)
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(Newser) – Nearly 39% of under-40 Americans say satirical shows like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show are keeping viewers politically informed, and 21% believe they influence public opinion, a poll finds. But the verdict is split on whether such shows’ success indicates that comedic delivery is replacing traditional news: 30% of those ages 18 to 29 say it is, but 35% disagree, the Huffington Post reports. The numbers are higher (32% vs. 42%) for the 30-to-39 set.