In television, emphasis on quality is the contrarian view.

This post from The Atlantic might not be totally on point for this headline, but it speaks to the larger phenomenon:

[…] cable news is wrong to cede the valuable ground of peppery media fact checking to Comedy Central. Jon Stewart and his crack team are exceptional at taking a pol’s or media personality’s latest over-statement, finding an old quote that embarrasses that over-statement, and closing with a kicker. This is more than fact-checking. It’s about finding an amusing and bemused host with his or her finger on the zeitgeist who can play gotcha without seeming petty. That cable news won’t successfully recreate The Daily Show is not a good enough argument against trying

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