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Comedy Central Study: A Majority Of Millennials Still Get News From TV

A new study from Comedy Central (yes, that Comedy Central) and TRU Insights sheds light on the political habits of Millennials, people aged 16-32.

Among the surprising results: a majority of millennials surveyed say they still get their election news from network TV newscasts and cable news, and while it is fun to say that “The Daily Show” is a source of election news, the reality is they get their news elsewhere, and turn to the comedy shows for fun.

“Most say that they get facts and insights from a variety of mainstream news sources; however Millennials are going to political comedies/satires to gain perspective on the issues,” the report says. “When it comes to political comedy/satires, Millennials don’t watch to get informed; they watch because they are informed.”

Frequent Sources of Election News:
• 68% Network News
• 58% Online Aggregator (Yahoo!, Google)
• 56% Cable News
• 52% Facebook or Twitter
• 50% Political Satire Shows (The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Weekend Update)
• 50% News Website
• 44% Newspaper
• 37% Late Night Talk (The Tonight Show, Late Night)

Comedy Central also posted a chart and video detailing “5 Ways to Win The Millennial Vote Through Humor.” As it happens, President Obama is on “The Daily Show” tonight:

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Comcast sues DirecTV over NFL ads

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Illinois against DirecTV, the nation’s largest satellite provider, alleging deceptive advertising in claiming that DirecTV subscribers are going to watch “free” football this season. They called DirecTV “a serial false advertiser,” which some people will probably take with a grain of salt, not least because Comcast has been accused of underhanded dealings with consumers themselves.

Here’s the main complaint from Comcast against DirecTV, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. (The bolding and underlining were made by Comcast, not us.)

“This is a false advertising case against a serial false advertiser. In the wake of the recent resolution of the NFL’s labor dispute, defendant DIRECTV has launched a multi-million-dollar multimedia advertising campaign, baiting consumers with the claim that DIRECTV’s popular NFL Sunday Ticket service — which ordinarily costs hundreds of dollars per year — is currently available for “free” or at “no extra charge.” Unfortunately for consumers the claim of “free” is an outright lie. As none of the ads disclose, the offer is not for free NFL Sunday Ticket service – the offer requires a two-year contract with hefty termination fees for early cancellation, with the NFL Sunday Ticket service automatically renewing in the second year at full price. DIRECTV has gone to great lengths to conceal this fact from consumers. Many of its ads, especially those aired on the radio, simply omit this critical fact altogether while DIRECTV’s television and Internet ads employ a carefully crafted scheme of purported disclaimers that were intentionally designed to deceive as many consumers as possible.”

Comcast is seeking DirecTV’s profits resulting from allegedly misleading misrepresentations, exemplary and punitive damages, legal costs, and an injunction. DirecTV, meanwhile, responded to the lawsuit by saying, “We believe that Comcast’s complaint is completely without merit and plan to defend ourselves vigorously.”

Surprisingly Comcast did not point out that satellite dishes on people’s houses looks kind of low rent.

U.S. Open Ratings Down 26 Percent

Rory McIlroy‘s 16-under par at the U.S. Open set a tournament record for most strokes under par and helped make the 22-year-old the youngest Open winner since Bobby Jones in 1923. But his domination of the field may have deterred viewers from tuning in to Sunday’s coverage, as NBC posted a 5.1 overnight rating for Sunday’s program, a 26 percent dip over last year’s numbers. If McIlroy had wavered on Sunday and treated fans to a replay of his Masters implosion, when he shot 80 on Sunday, perhaps more people would have tuned in. Alas, McIlroy was quite selfish and only thought of himself and winning his first major tournament.

 

 

Fly Away: Atlanta Falcons Say No To Hard Knocks

So much for the Atlanta Falcons on HBO’s Hard Knocks.

Less than a week after Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff hinted the franchise was interested in being featured, head coach Mike Smith squashed any hopes of seeing a camera shoved in the face of Matt Ryan and Roddy White.

“Smith told me Falcons had internal discussions about Hard Knocks, but came 2 the decision they won’t do this yr,” Scott Hanson of the NFL Network tweeted Monday.

The Falcons join the likes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions and New York Jets that have publicly passed on the training camp documentary.

There's Just No Avoiding Rex Ryan

To call this the Year of Rex Ryan might be a bit dramatic, but only just. And it’s only going to get worse:

This will happen because Ryan is a force of nature who cannot be contained by lap-band surgery, foot-fetish video tempests, or a roster of players with more faults than California. But it will also happen because without Michael Vick, the rest of the playoff field can’t even combine to counter the force of his personality. The walking cure for insomnia Bill Belichick? Lovie Smith? John (no, not Jim) Harbaugh? Whoever is coaching Green Bay from under that ski cap? Atlanta’s Mike Smith might get asked for ID at his own stadium. Even the sunny and bombastic Pete Carroll would be blown aside by a Rex Ryan sneeze.

The good news? We may be rid of him by Sunday. Not that he’ll be quiet after his New York Jets vanish into the Patriots’ maw.

Bill O’Reilly ‘The Fairest Guy in the Temple of Doom’ on ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’

Last week Jon Stewart made an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor,” last night, Bill O’Reilly returned the favor.

Fox News Channel’s 8 PM host was a guest on last night’s “The Daily Show,” where the discussion was more meta than political. The hospitality of talk show hosts, Glenn Beck and Stewart’s planned rally in Washington October 30 all came up. O’Reilly’s book Pinheads and Patriots came up too.