WASHINGTON (CNN) - While acknowledging its influence, a creator of the popular television program "The Daily Show" told CNN Radio Tuesday that she does not buy the widespread belief that the Comedy Central talk show is the main source of news for people under the age of 35.
"I wholeheartedly reject the polls that say young people get their news from 'The Daily Show,'" Lizz Winstead told Lisa Desjardins and Mark Preston in the interview streamed on CNN.com.
The comedian said it is her belief that younger "Daily Show" viewers must be getting significant information from other sources, "because if you didn't follow the news, you wouldn't get the jokes."
Winstead, a co-creator of the show that features Jon Stewart, currently produces and stars in a spoof of morning news called, "Wake Up World," which airs on the Internet.
Main source of news or not, Winstead said she believes that "The Daily Show" thrives because of doubts by viewers about the reporting from news organizations.
"If (viewers) didn't feel so disappointed in mainstream media, they wouldn't be flocking so much to "The Daily Show" and ("The Colbert Report")," she said. "And those shows are asking tougher questions sometimes than we see on our shows or read in our papers."