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Obama's Media Diet: Reads All New York Times Columnists, Thinks Jon Stewart Is 'Brilliant'

Posted: 04/25/2012 9:56 am Updated: 04/26/2012 2:16 am

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President Obama revealed some details of his media diet in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Speaking to editor Jann Wenner, Obama shared that he doesn't watch cable but watches "The Daily Show" on occasion. "I like 'The Daily Show,' so sometimes if I'm home late at night, I'll catch snippets of that," he said. "I think Jon Stewart's brilliant. It's amazing to me the degree to which he's able to cut through a bunch of the nonsense – for young people in particular, where I think he ends up having more credibility than a lot of more conventional news programs do," Obama told the magazine.

The president also said that he "thumbs through" The Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post in the morning "just to catch up." When asked if he reads New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, Obama said, "I read all of the New York Times columnists. Krugman's obviously one of the smartest economic reporters out there, but I also read some of the conservative columnists, just to get a sense of where those arguments are going."

Obama said that he also reads a "handful" of blogs, including Andrew Sullivan's blog on the Daily Beast. He praised The New Yorker and The Atlantic for still doing "terrific work."

Sullivan, of course, is a noted devotee, having penned a cover story in January for Newsweek titled "Why Are Obama's Critics So Dumb?"

This is not the first time Obama has discussed his media diet. During a "60 Minutes" interview in March 2009, Obama told Steve Kroft that his morning routine includes "reading the papers." It was believed at the time that Obama was referring to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. In December 2011, Obama told People Magazine that his family enjoys watching "Modern Family" together.

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Filed by Rebecca Shapiro  |