Anyone paying any attention knows that news reporting on TV is being steadily replaced by groups of talking heads discussing events. It costs a lot less to invite a few people to a studio to shoot the breeze about current events than to have actual reporters going deep into stories.
What beats me is why there is an audience for such shows. Since I do not have cable, it used to be the case that the only time I watched them was when I was on travel and staying in hotels. Then I would tune in to CNN or MSNBC or Fox News just to see how they were covering the day’s news. But I soon found myself appalled at the ignorance and total vapidity on display and now my hotel TV is not disturbed from its slumber as long as I am in the room.
(This clip was aired on January 14, 2013. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)