Explaining why he prefers print over the Web, he cites a scene from the movie â€œBack to School,â€ when Rodney Dangerfield asks his son why heâ€™s buying used books. â€œAnd he says, â€˜Because theyâ€™re already underlined, see?â€™ And Rodney says, â€˜But that guy could have been a maniac.â€™ And thatâ€™s the problem with the Internet.â€
Instead of relying on Web sources, Chodikoff watches C-SPAN, reads the transcripts from White House press conferences and briefings, calls the Joint Committee on Taxation when he has a question and otherwise engages in hard-nosed, reporterly research. He just happens to do it in the service of humour rather than outright journalism — which is a good thing, given how large a proportion of TV viewers say they rely on The Daily Show for their news. The Washington Post had a profile of Chodikoff earlier this year.