Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff take on The Colbert Report

October 24, 2013 Erik Ernst Leave a Comment

“Here’s the problem with you two – you’re very very level headed.” – Stephen Colbert.

Last night, Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill took a spot in the hottest seat on television when they visited Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. The two PBS NewsHour co-anchors traded friendly barbs with Colbert about the need for an hour of news when network nightly newscasts only run 30 minutes (minus commercials, Coblert noted), the importance of in-depth reporting and whether they plan to follow Colbert’s pitch to see Shields and Brooks step away from their commentary desk to battle hand-to-hand in a pit.

But, Ifill might have had the most telling point of the discussion when she said, “I spend a lot of time on college campuses where students say to me, I only watch Colbert or I only watch (The Daily Show with) Jon Stewart. You know what I tell them? You two guys watch us to find out what’s real.”

Watch the funny interview right now below (and tune into the NewsHour each weeknight on Wisconsin Public Television or online any time.)

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