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Jon Stewart pounds Bill O'Reilly in mock presidential poll

Reported by Chrish - July 17, 2006 -

A few light items in the midst of all this darkness:

A blurb in today's paper stated that in a Google survey, Daily Show host Jon Stewart beat bloviator Bill O'Reilly 72% to 28% in a head-to-head presidential race.

That can be attributed to three factors: knowledge, education, and age.

First, TDS viewers are better informed:

"In 2004, the nonpartisan Annenberg Public Policy Center released its National Annenberg Election Survey, which found Daily Show viewers to be better informed on campaign issues than consumers of other late-night television programs, newspapers, network news, or cable news. In a press release, Annenberg senior analyst Dannagal Goldthwaite Young said: "Daily Show viewers have higher campaign knowledge than national news viewers and newspaper readers -- even when education, party identification, following politics, watching cable news, receiving campaign information online, age, and gender are taken into consideration.""

Second, TDS viewers are better educated. From the same MediaMatters article as the above quote:

"Daily Show" viewers are 78 percent more likely than the average adult to have four or more years of college education, while O'Reilly's audience is only 24 percent more likely to have that much schooling.

And last but not least, O'Reilly's core audience is made of a decreasing demographic, senior citizens. Not to disparage the elderly - I love and respect my elder family members and friends - but they tend to live more in the past than in the future. They long for the good old days and fear the future, especially as it embraces change and new thinking.

Jon Stewart couldn't possibly do a worse job than Bush. Speaking of the decider, his considered opinion on how to proceed in the Middle East?

"...what they really need to do is to get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit, and it's over," Mr Bush was heard to say.

"Real Life Adventures" shares Bill O'Reilly's position that the Bush administration has no clue about what to do next.