Fake News: The Powerful Effect Of Fake News

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The Powerful Effect of Fake News Without media and news media society would be in disarray. The news provides society with an update on the occurring events and controversies that are constantly happening in our world. No one can possibly overstate the influential power of news media and as well new media of television. Television continues to influence the media, which recently an era of comedic television shows that specialize in providing “fake news” has captivated. The groundbreaking The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and its spin-off The Colbert Report have successfully attracted the youth demographic and have become the new era’s leading political news source. By parodying news companies and satirizing the government, “fake news” has…show more content…
No longer just the basic networks, television offers all day coverage of the news on specific cable television channels like CNN and Fox News. With an increased emphasis on spectacles and the now, television often presents the news without the proper perspective, placement in time, and context (Fallows 53). This focus has created a “crisis in broadcast journalism” as the quality of television continues to deteriorate (Baym 259). But the creation of comedic television shows that brand themselves as “fake news” have recently captivated viewers. Although not necessarily the first comedic television show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart achieved much success by becoming the first “fake news” show. Originally hosted by Craig Kilborn, The Daily Show began in 1996 but shared little with today’s version (Friend 31). But when Kilborn left in 1999 to host CBS’s The Late, Late Show, Jon Stewart became the new host and created a new mission to focus on finding humour in serious issues instead of “adjectival humour” (Friend 31). He also changed the format of the show to resemble a “real news” show but with “fake news” by successfully integrating the media. The Daily Show does not actually cover “fake news” like parody newspaper The Onion, but rather it presents news in a fake way. Although it does at times share a similar format of a talk show, The Daily Show’s format is one of a…show more content…
Many surveys and studies have shown that more and more of the youth rely on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report as their primary source of news. According to a poll conducted at the University of Toledo in the United States, 17.39 percent say they use the shows as a primary news source (Murray). The danger comes when people view these shows as legitimate news sources as did 41.3 percent of those polled in the Toledo study and 25 percent of those between 18 and 24 in a recent study (Murray). These shows, although be informative about current events, do not focus on the news. They often neglect key local and state developments to focus on national news that will attract more people (Murray). Some critics argue that they harm the youth because the youth naively relies on them as a substitute for the news (Murray). Yet this argument lacks merit because a recent CNN study has revealed that The Daily Show viewers “were better versed in 2008 election issues than citizens who frequently turned to traditional mediums, such as newspapers and TV news stations, for the latest in current events
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