Enough people get their news from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to warrant a few articles about the subject from major world newspapers and university publications and for Daily Show correspondent John Oliver to say, “That cannot be true, but if it is true, this country is in real trouble.”
Regardless of whether or not it is true, those people that watch The Daily Show are certainly less informed than those people that watch The Daily Show and visit IndecisionForever.com to see The Daily Show’s original web series, where “correspondents explain complex political issues somewhat accurately.”
The so far 10-episode series of The Daily Show Correspondents Explain features the program’s familiar faces (like Aasif Mandavi, Jason Jones, John Oliver, Olivia Munn, Samantha Bee, and Wyatt Cenac) applying their customary straightfaced sardonic spin and didactic tone to the explanation of political institutions and ideas (like the White House, Political Scandals, Life After the Presidency, and seven more). The installments are a natural online extension of the cable television action. They’re good, too. But don’t take my word for it. The the voting body of the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards feels the same way I do.
Over the weekend The Daily Show Correspondents Explain beat out 30 Rock: The Webisodes to take home the Emmy for Best Special-Class Short Format Live-Action Entertainment Program. That’s a mouthful of a category, which The Daily Show says is showbiz-speak for “videos on the internet.”