College students find that Colbert/Stewart give political information with some laughter


With the national elections just weeks away, it has never been more important for young Americans and college students to have a handle on the ever-changing world of news and politics. But where does one turn in this world of an over saturated market of multimedia mayhem? Where can you go to feel that you are getting information that is untainted and unmolested by big money lobbying interests and bipartisan brain washing?

Try tuning into Comedy Central at 8 p.m. central time on a Monday through Thursday, and you might find an enlightening perspective to dry alternative. You might end up watching The Daily Show.

The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have had runaway success over the last presidential term. College students find that Colbert/Stewart give political information with some laughter Perhaps this is because this administration provides the pseudo-news cast with so much ripe material, or perhaps it is more likely that Comedy Central has struck comedic gold by formatting mock daily news casts with true entertainers like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Together these men have blazed a trail of cutting-edge comedy that has invaded the world of politics like a Napoleonic army blasting off the nose of the sphinx. By broadcasting a form of counter propaganda to masses through the beloved television, Colbert and Stewart have tweaked the nose of public political policy.

Jon Stewart

Joe Mulvaney, Republican and freshman at Western, offers an explanation as to the success behind the reason more people in the demographic of 18 to 30 turn to The Daily Show for their news.

“I think Stephen Colbert, and to a lesser degree, Jon Stewart are both amazing communicators,” Mulvaney said.

Stephen Colbert

With the movie Man of the Year in theaters, it brings the hypothetical question to mind: Could Stewart or Colbert run in the political arena? Would Americans vote for them?

“Given the opportunity, I think Jon (or more likely Stephen) could thrive if given a position in office,” Mulvany said. “Their natural charisma and charm would, quite possibly, sweep the American people off of their feet.”

Erica Ricker, Western freshman and Democrat, offers a different vote.

“No. They’re comedians, not politicians,” Ricker said. “I think they’re funny guys.”

But as Sean Hannity, conservative talk show host has noted, never is there a time when America is so divided. On the vote for a Stewart-Colbert ticket, houses can be split. Take for example, Ricker’s roommate, Justin Peacock, Western freshman and Democrat, who has a different vote.

“Definitely,” Peacock said. “But our current government would never let that happen. They don’t own enough oil companies.”

Sarcasm is clearly a trait of the audience that tunes into The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. Biting sarcasm is a trait defiantly delivered with rapier like wit by those very shows. The audience gets what they crave.

“I feel abandoned by the very people charged with representing me,” Mulvaney said. “I don’t know. I feel like a politician’s party almost doesn’t matter because none of them are really going to do anything with their power except trying to keep it.”

So, if there is a chance that you need a smile and to get the political flash works in your brain to popping, then warm up with Stewart and Colbert. Kick back, put your feet up, tune in Comedy Central and enjoy an hour of humorous news. You may be watching America’s future leaders.

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