CYRUS MAYHEW/JON STEWART/STEPHEN COLBERT THE DAILY SHOW/THE COLBERT REPORT

THESE DAYS A LOT OF TEENS ARE NOT EXACTLY POLITICALLY AWARE, WATCHING REALITY SHOWS, MEDIOCRE SITCOMS AND SATIRE LESS CARTOONS. SINCE 2002 I STARTED WATCHING THE DAILY SHOW HOSTED BY STAND UP COMEDIAN JON STEWART ON COMEDY CENTRAL AND IT BECAME MY SOURCE FOR POLITICS, FROM AN UNBIASED VIEW POINT. COMEDIC AND UPDATED NEARLY EVERY NIGHT, IT’S TAKES A SATIRICAL LOOK AT POLITICS RIPPING ON ALL, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE. A FEW YEARS LATER THE COLBERT REPORT AIRED, WITH HOST STEPHEN COLBERT A FORMER WRITER AND ‘CORRESPONDENT’ OF THE THE DAILY SHOW. A REPUBLICAN’S WORST NIGHTMARE, COLBERT IS A FALSE CONSERVATIVE WHO CONTINUOUSLY WILL DISPLAY HIS ‘LOVE’ FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, WITH WHAT SEEMS LIKE COMPLIMENTS IN HIS TONE, BUT ACTUAL STRUCTURE OF THE SENTENCE WILL REVEAL IT IS THE BIGGEST INSULT POSSIBLE. NEVER BREAKING CHARACTER HE WILL MOCK GUESTS ON HIS SHOW, POLITICAL LEADERS’ POLICIES ARE ESSENTIALLY NAILED TO FLOOR BY HIS LASER TARGETED JOKES. BACK TO BACK WITH THE DAILY SHOW, YOU GET A HOUR OF UNENDING POLITICAL SATIRE, FROM 8-9 AND FROM 11-12 EVERY WEEK NIGHT. THEY’RE THE MOST ENTERTAINING WAY TO GET YOUR NEWS; THEY CAN KEEP YOU UPDATED ON CURRENT EVENTS AND ARE MUCH MORE ‘HIGH BROW’ AND ENRICHING THAN MOST THE CRAP ON THE TV. FROM WHERE I’M STANDING IT SEEMS LIKE KIDS MY AGE ARE MORE INTERESTED IN EVERY OTHER REALITY SHOW BEING SHOVELED OUT AND ANY DRAMA STARRING SOME C-LIST ACTOR WHO CAN’T EVEN GET INTO A DECENT MOVIE. IT’S NOT THAT I THINK THE DAILY SHOW AND COLBERT REPORT ARE BEING OVER SHADOWED BY THIS TRASH TV, SINCE IT’S ON COMEDY CENTRAL WATCHED OFTEN BY TEENS THAT I KNOW. RATHER ONCE IT COMES ON KIDS JUST SEE A WHITE GUY IN A SUIT SITTING AT A DESK AND ARE IMMEDIATELY TURNED OFF. TEENS IN GENERAL AREN’T INTERESTED IN POLITICS AND MOST LIKELY DON’T EVEN WATCH THE ‘REAL’ NEWS. I’M SURE THAT THERE ARE SOME TEENS THAT ARE AWARE OF GLOBAL WARMING AND THE ELECTIONS, BUT THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER ISSUES THAT THEY DON’T KNOW OF, GUANTANAMO BAY, RUSSIAN/GEORGIAN INVASION AND CHINA BECOMING AN ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE, JUST TO NAME A FEW. THESE SHOWS ARE DEFINTELY THE BEST CHOICE FOR A TEEN SUFFERING FROM A SHORT ATTENTION SPAN TO GET UPDATED ON WORLD EVENTS AND BECOME AWARE OF WHAT OUR LEADERS ARE ALL ABOUT.

FOR YOUTH RADIO I’M CYRUS MAYHEW, YOU CAN HEAR THIS COMMENTARY AND MORE ON THE WEB AT WWW.YOUTHRADIO.ORG

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  1. faye mayhew said

    well said.

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