Carroll says the Science Channel has devoted itself to wacky pyrotechnics-based shows rather than real science. The satirical weekly The Onion mocked that the "Science Channel Refuses To Dumb Down Science Any Further" and noted shows such as Punkin Chunkin, which examines gourd-lobbing technology.
"It is a very bad thing for the country that Comedy Central is the go-to place for hearing scientists talk about their recent work, but it's great for Comedy Central," Carroll says.
Says Tyson: "Any access that real science gets to mass media is a good thing. Colbert and Stewart are very smart people. And they know the value and meaning of science."
Hum... not sure what to make of this. I don't think anyone has done any kind of study to see how effective science communication is from these shows.