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Is ‘The Daily Show’ bad for democracy?

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This is not funny: Jon Stewart and his hit Comedy Central cable show may be poisoning democracy. Two political scientists found that young people who watch Stewart’s faux news program, “The Daily Show,” develop cynical views about politics and politicians that could lead them to just say no to voting. That’s particularly dismaying news because the show is hugely popular among college students, many of whom already don’t bother to cast ballots. Jody Baumgartner and Jonathan S. Morris of East…

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