Friday, April 11, 2008
Russell Peterson Who Tracks Comedy Shows Influence On Politics On Paltalk
Presidential candidates have been making it a point to add the late-night comedy circuit to the campaign trail in recent years. In 2004, when John Kerry decided it was time to do his first national television interview, he did not choose CBS's 60 Minutes, ABC's Nightline, or NBC Nightly News. Kerry picked Comedy Central's The Daily Show. When George W. Bush was lagging in the polls, his appearance on the David Letterman Show gave him a measurable boost. Candidates for the 2008 presidential election began their late-night bookings almost as soon as they launched their campaigns.
Polls indicate that a significant number of Americans - and an even larger proportion of those under the age of 30 - get at least some of their "news" about politics and national affairs from comedy shows.
Russell Peterson, author of Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy Into a Joke will be my guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk Thursday April 17 to discuss this phenomenon.
Strange Bedfellows shows how each comedian's unique brand of satire plays off a different level of Americans' frustrations with politics.
To talk to Peterson at 5 PM New York time Thursday April 17 CLICK HERE. There is no charge.
Paltalk is the largest multimedia interactive program on the Internet with more than 4 million unique users.
News Talk Online is also syndicated by CRN Digital Talk Radio coast-to-coast across the United States to an additional 12 million households.