Young people often say they trust Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” more than “real” news. Here’s one reason why.
During a segment on last night’s “Daily Show,” Stewart noted Fox News’ Sean Hannity apparently used old footage of a Washington, D.C., protest to make a GOP rally against the healthcare bill appear larger than it really was.
Here’s the clip:
A rep for Fox said Hannity would address the issue on tonight’s broadcast. (Note to other cable news networks: This is how you get ratings – get the “Daily Show” to lambaste you, then tell media reporters you’re going to respond the next night on your network, thus creating a “must-watch” moment.)
Funny, too, those “young people” might be on to something. We’re getting to a point now where satirical news shows are breaking real news, and when they aren’t, they’re being fact-checked as if they are real news networks.
Then, of course, those real news networks are lambasted for fact-checking the fake news by the fake news network.
UPDATE: Hannity’s response: "We screwed up."
Here’s that clip: