Spin. It's everywhere. Any reality foreign to our eyes has likely been raped by interpretation. Accusations of bias cloak all stabs at veracity. What can one believe? Who does one trust?
I rarely watch the news. That is not to say that there aren't news shows I don't consistently watch. Sadly, two of the news personalities who carry any weight in my mind work for Comedy Central. Comedy Central? Of course I'm speaking of John Stewart and Steven Colbert. News parody shows? That's where I recieve my interpretation of todays news? Hell yes!
John Stewart is the ever inquisitive Voice of the Liberal side. He will dissect any and all Conservative rhetoric in the most humorous manner possible but will not hesitate to showcase gaffes and inconsistencies that originate from Democratic politicians.
Steven Colbert shamelessly applies the Republican angle. With little regard to the most sympathized with groups of people, Colbert ingeniously injects the most callous brand of humour to whatever current event is dominating the headlines on any particular day.
These two are hilarious because they observe each issue independently identify the more prevalent blunders from either side and parade them in front of their audiences free from blind partisan drivel. They do so in a way that zeroes in on any particular politicians or reporters gauche moment and maximizes the transparency of their faux pax.
Does this make them credible? If one is careless to jump to the conclusion that they lack credibility simply because they're news parody shows they must also ask theselves "Just how credible does a news parody show have to be?". Of course they don't have to apply an unbiased account of recent news. It helps though. It just wouldn't be funny if they ridiculed people who weren't absolutely wrong to begin with. Don't take it as gospel, but pay attention.