February 11, 2015

ALL COMEDY IS CONSERVATIVE:

The Daily Show isn't as influential as you think (Marc Ambinder, February 11, 2015, The Week)

The Daily Show is funniest when its segments expose institutional failures or make fun of the foibles of politicians and the government, not when it lampoons conservatives, who are easy targets. But since both Stewart and his writers are liberals who favor an activist government that redistributes wealth and one that uses regulation to curtail the rapacious interests of corporations, the show hits its targets by convincing viewers to have less faith in government. I think Stewart would object here and say that the cynicism is directed at politicians and the way they use government, but since politicians are the ones who run the government, the effect is the same. Call it the tragedy of great satire. This is why Stewart is not and could never be an activist.

It always seemed unlikely the show could withstand losing Colbert, who said what thery all actually think (as opposed to what they feel).



Posted by at February 11, 2015 12:31 PM
  

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