The Daily Show has always been forward thinking when it comes to Internet dissemination of its show. From the high-speed-internet beginning, it has made itself available, in full, on demand at its website. It’s likely they are of the opinion that more attention is good for drawing future viewers.
I wonder what they think about Gawker.tv, where Matt Cherette has been basically running the show’s best highlight gags every other day for weeks now. Each segment is about three minutes, far longer than what one might consider fair use. Also, these are not embedded bits from the show’s website, containing advertising that pays the show. Instead, they are video captures, with the only advertising being Gawkers’s.
Maybe Daily Show producers are totally aware of this and see it as beneficial, or maybe they don’t care at all. But it would seem that if a certain audience can count on a blog to always tune them into a show’s best bits, in full, why ever bother tuning into the show itself?