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By / 08.03.12

Every now and then the Daily Show will air a segment that really hits home for one reason or another, so much so that I find myself nodding in approval and uttering “Yes!” under my breath repeatedly. Such was the case last night when Jon Stewart illustrated how awful cable news shows are at not spoiling the Olympics for all of us.

“The games, of course, are taking place in London, five hours ahead of the East Coast,” Stewart said with more than a hint of sarcasm. “Luckily the news channels are watching out for you.”

Yeah, except not. As in the screengrab above, hosts doing things like telling viewers to mute their TVs only to show the results of an event on-screen seems to be the rule rather than the exception. Why is this such a hard thing for these people to do?


TOPICS#JON STEWART
TAGSSPOILER ALERTSTHE DAILY SHOWthe olympics

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