WGA strike's influence on the US primaries
Here's an interesting article that posits the writer's strike is having a significant effect on the US presidential race.
It argues that many 'young' voters are left without their major source of political news and discourse--"The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Show."
And they're not going to MSM-mainstream media to compensate.
their favorite shows have gone missing at a crucial juncture in the quadrennial news cycle - the presidential race. Four years ago, "The Daily Show" was considered a key source for what social scientists like to call the "young adult cohort" - people between late teens and late 20s. It's the leading reason why "The Daily Show" and Stewart are considered so influential in political discourse, and the reason why their absence is so keenly felt on the eve of the Iowa caucuses.
In media circles, politicians who ran the gauntlet of a Stewart/Colbert grilling were said to have undergone their own version of a "late-night primary"; Republican candidate Mike Huckabee got his first "bounce" months ago, when he appeared on "Colbert."
"I don't know how you measure" the impact of the shows, says "Face the Nation" anchor Bob Schieffer. "But they did make [the process] a lot more fun."
Scott Keeter, director of Survey Research for Washington-based Pew Center for the People and the Press, which has studied these viewers' habits, insists the influence has been overstated. People such as Serrano, Appelbaum, Stillwagon and McElhone, he says, are "news omnivores," who feed their news diet from many sources.
Even so, four years ago, when Pew studied how people got their news about politics, it found that 21 percent of those between the ages 18 and 29 learned most everything they knew about the political races from "The Daily Show." Only the category of cable news - everything on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News - outranked just this one single show.
they've depended on "The Daily Show" for news, attitude and information - most often about politics and politicians. They can't abide the standard network news programs and actively disdain local news.
What Walter Cronkite was to their parents and grandparents, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart is to them.
Each admits to having been a little disjointed in recent weeks as "The Daily Show" (which airs against the local news at 11 p.m.) and its almost equally adored sidekick, "The Colbert Report" (airing at 11:30), have been in repeats due to the TV writers' strike....
Comedy Central doesn't keep count of hard-core fans like these, but there are thousands of them on the Island and millions nationwide. They watch faithfully - sometimes exclusively - and belong to virtual communities of the like-minded, such as Facebook's "I Get All My News from the Daily Show and the Colbert Report." (Facebook has 267 such groups.)