The Daily Show was never ‘real’ news – but came (depressingly) close

Julia Fox

Julia Fox

On Feb. 10, Jon Stewart shocked fans of “The Daily Show” by telling them that he planned to leave the popular “fake news” program later in the year. The IU News and Media Team became aware of an opportunity for a professor in the IU Media School to write an opinion article for the web site, The Conversation, which strives to be an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered directly to the public. Julia Fox, an associate professor of telecommunications, was approached and penned the article, “The Daily Show was never ‘real’ news – but came (depressingly) close.” Her earlier research on the public’s acceptance of information presented on Stewart’s program received national attention as a result of IU media relations efforts.

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