Stephen Colbert is gearing up to say goodbye to his satirical news program, The Colbert Report, at the end of this year, but it turns out the show’s cancellation could be hurtful in more ways than one.
When Stephen takes over for David Letterman on the Late Show in 2015, he’ll switch his focus to entertainment, and according to a new report, that’s a major loss for viewers.
A study conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center concludes The Colbert Report did a better job of teaching people about campaign finance during the last presidential election than MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and broadcast nightly news.
Not only did the comedian’s program increase people’s perception that they knew more about political financing, but it also significantly increased their actual knowledge on the topic, at a greater rate than any of the news sources listed above.
In total, 1,232 adults were tested on their knowledge of campaign finances from a variety of outlets, and while The Colbert Report effectively taught viewers about issue, most news shows simply relayed information to audiences.
A similar study in 2012 found people who watch The Daily Show — the satirical program headed by Stephan’s pal Jon Stewart — were more informed than those who tune in to Fox News.
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