And now from the Did Higher Education Need to Research this Department, we find this from East Carolina University:

College students who watch the satirical TV program, ?The Daily Show,? are more skeptical and knowledgeable about politics and media, according to two East Carolina University political science professors.

Jay Morris and Jody Baumgartner found students in their political science classes regularly cited the TV program on Comedy Central.

?We found some of our students viewed (show host) Jon Stewart as one of their major sources of news,? said Morris, a political science professor at ECU. ?We started to think about that show and what the consequences might be if someone relied on it as a news source.?