Hari Sreenivasan discusses public media values on ‘The Daily Show’

BY Colleen Shalby  January 23, 2014 at 1:15 PM EDT

PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan spilled some public media secrets on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart Wednesday night.

We missed twerking.

Hari Sreenivasan came clean Wednesday night about the NewsHour’s lack of twerking coverage when he joined Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.” The PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor also broke down some of the differences between public media and 24-hour cable news.

“If Tiger Woods makes news, let ESPN or the Golf Channel cover it. If the Kardashians make news, let E! cover it.”

If you’ve ever watched PBS NewsHour or PBS NewsHour Weekend, you’ll know that you won’t find reports about car chases or scantily clad people. Why not?

Jon Stewart and Hari Sreenivasan “mug” for the camera with a PBS NewsHour Weekend mug. Instagram courtesy of Hari Sreenivasan

Because, as Sreenivasan put it, “facts are expensive. PBS is still in the fact business.”

Sreenivasan isn’t the first NewsHour anchor to make an appearance on Comedy Central. In October, Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill appeared on The Colbert Report, shortly after they became NewsHour’s official co-anchors.