Thursday, January 05, 2006


So says a study from CNN. Stewart-viewers scored 60 percent on average when presented with a brief current events quiz. Leno and Letterman viewers scored 49 percent, better than the general public.

The Mailbox remembers a day when Stewart, host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, appeared on The O'Reilly Show and was told by the huffy one that his audience was a bunch of "stoned slackers" and "dopey kids." Irony, how delicious you are.

(A classic TV moment happened after that: O'Reilly later appeared on The Daily Show...Stewart suggested he owed the audience an apology, and O'Reilly said, "C'mon, I was stoned when I said that.")

Most frightening: Scores were even lower for those who read a newspaper or watched network news four times a week. The Mailbox presumes that includes "O'Reilly Factor" watchers. O'Reilly really oughtta be careful—ask Tucker Carlson what happens to your show when Stewart is a guest.

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