David Carr from NY Times on the writers' strike/Stewart/Colbert

David Carr from NY Times on the writers' strike/Stewart/Colbert


Hey, he does a good job on the issues here, but I find the following most interesting:

…younger viewers have come to depend on Mr. Stewart for news beyond what’s on their Facebook page.

“Some people are able to use those programs as a shorthand to learn about events and see them lampooned at the same time,” Mr. Rash said, adding: “It is a bad time for Colbert and Stewart to go dark. Something will be lost in the run-up to Iowa and New Hampshire if they are not around.”

Michael Winship, president of the Writers Guild of America East, is glad that his union brothers now include the staffs of two programs that have a visceral connection with their young, obsessed audiences.

“These two shows are a big source of news for a whole generation that was not around for the 1988 strike,” he said. “Losing Stewart and Colbert is something like losing Cronkite during the Vietnam War. And because they are accessed in any number of ways both on television and on the Web, ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Colbert Report’ are exactly what we are talking about at the bargaining table.”

Last week, Jon Stewart addressed the issue on his program, suggesting in his arch way that while a strike looked inevitable, the future that everyone seemed so confused about might actually be at hand.

“So we won’t be here, but while we’re not here, you can check out all of our content on our new Web site, the DailyShow.com,” he said. “Every ‘Daily Show’ since I got here is on it, free, except for the advertising. So support our advertisers.”

Just to repeat: "Losing Stewart and Colbert is something like losing Cronkite during the Vietnam War."




That phrase comparing Stewart and Colbert to Walter Cronkite is the most (let's say)…amazing/bizarre? thing I've heard in a while… besides hearing Stephen call in to rant about how the SC Democrats turned him down on "Brown-Haired-Guy-Who's-Not
-Steve-Doocy and the Judge" today.
As comedy becomes reality and reality becomes more and more (cynically) comedic, what should we be expecting next??


while comparing the colbert report and john stewart to conkrite during the vietnam era seems a subtle overstatment (not subtle overstatement), i agree that to expect daily shows to go without writers is crippling both for the audiences and the non-writer employees on the show. this sucks and the seeming unwillingness to solve the issues is ridiculous and pig headed.


i agree— as losing stewart/colbert is similar to not having mr. cronkite during the vietnam era …the voice of reason is a always great loss-


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