Losing Their Way

From Tuesday’s The Daily Show:

‘The Daily Show’ Throws Dick Cheney Off His High Horse

Jon Stewart knows Dick Cheney well. After all, The Daily Show host rose to prominence during the early aughts, when the Bush administration, led by Vice President Cheney, deployed troops to Iraq, on the grounds that its president, Saddam Hussein, was harboring weapons of mass destruction. (As we all know now, that turned out not to be the case.) So when Cheney made the TV rounds yesterday, in anticipation of the State of the Union, to criticize President Obama’s foreign policy strategy, you could guess how Stewart felt. “This guy was wrong every time,” Stewart says, in a moment of unusual rage. “Why would you even listen to that guy?”

But wait! There’s more!


I Resent Your Politicization of the Issue. Saturday Night Live Is Just Awful in All Respects.

In response to Wow. That Sketch Was Stunningly Bad:

I do believe you’re right that the reason the sketch was met with funereal silence was that it was premised on a lie, and an obvious lie, so the audience just wasn’t willing to go along with it. As they always say, any satire must be grounded in some truth. I can’t just start calling a thin person Fatty-Fat-Fat-Butt and expect people to join in. (Unless I’m doing a sort of meta- thing or something.)

So sure, this was a sketch doomed by politics. Similarly they doomed their election coverage due to politics; they couldn’t even find it within themselves to be as honest about Barack Obama’s debate performance as Rachel Maddow. I remember reading SNL’s defense at the time; media asked them why that sketch was so bad. “There just was anything funny there,” they said.

Actually there was quite a bit that was funny; when SNL says they couldn’t find anything funny, they mean they were heartbroken by it and so were in no laughing mood.

And sure, because of this, SNL was barely spoken about during an election year. Election years for SNL are like tax season for H&R Block — it’s where they make their rent. Even in a bad season, SNL can usually get some good press by being topical entertainment during election season.

Not this year, though.

Dick Cheney has been out of office for four years now, and it’s unlikely that he will hold any official position ever again. But Jon Stewart decided to focus a major part of his show on beating Dick. Jon always does his intro, goes to commercial and then after the break is usually his best material of the night.

But on Tuesday night his best material was making fun of a former vice president. They couldn’t find anything more topical and newsworthy to focus on? When you think about it, they were bashing Cheney for bashing Obama. Cheney really didn’t say anything outrageous or offensive.

The SNL sketch was one where a Republican senator offered to fellate a donkey for Israel. Hilarious stuff.

A few years ago TDS and SNL were edgy, hip and cool. Now they are more like the cool kids making fun of the nerds. Stephen Colbert was in there too. So what happened?

We had a power change in this country. Political humor is at it’s best when it is aimed at the people in power. Johnny Carson skewered the current president every week, with no regard for which party he belonged to.

But nowadays you rarely see comedians mocking Obama.

“There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity — like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule — that’s what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel — it’s vulgar.”

― Molly Ivins

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69 Responses to Losing Their Way

  1. 49erDweet (D) says:

    Mocking Obambam is RACIST. Quit it! Even if some guy named Carson does it. Glorious Leader must not be mocked!

  2. foxyladi14 says:

    you rarely see comedians mocking Obama.Kinda like Hen teeth. 😆

  3. DandyTiger says:

    When you worship the establishment, you lose the comic tools of satire and irony.

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  6. DeniseVB says:

    Problem is, lefty political humor has gotten too meanspirited and more like bullying.

    They used to have great fun with Clinton, though I cringed when they used Will Farrell to play Janet Reno and John Goodman to play Linda Tripp. Hillary was always mischaracterized as a controlling bitter shrew-witch.

    Flash forward to Michelle Obama portrayed by a lovely, slim black actress with “Claire Huxtable” ‘s personality.

    The cult of Stewart, Colbert, SNL, Maher fans are probably the same ones who supported Dorner’s killing spree. I’ll take Greg Gutfeld’s sense of humor any day.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I was at a meeting downtown and got roped into some event where MO was going to speak. I ended up having a great deal of fun as no one recognized her up close and in person. Michell’s image has been Photoshopped to such an extent that people did not believe me when I pointed her out as she entered the room. In real life, she has what my mother’s generation referred to as an “athletic build” (e.g., Bea Arthur). The make-up looks as if she is going to be doing a show later in the day. Heavy and theatrical. Not awful but certainly not the image the MSM portrays. Make me wonder what they would think to see the anorexic sallow BO with his really large ears and dead stare in person.

    • Constance says:

      The thing is the Obots might laugh at Obama jokes but first they have to check and see what the official policy is so there is a lag time. If Obama says “that was pretty funny, thanks for the attention” they would all simultaneously break out in loud ostentatious hilarity.

  7. DandyTiger says:

    Fun fact for the day:

    In the 18th century the word “Humbles” was a variant of “numbles, the heart, liver and kidneys of a deer. A 17th century recipe directed, “take ye humbles of a deer.” Made into a potpie, it was humble pie.

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  10. votermom says:

    Can’t believe buzzfeed let this title thru

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    • Constance says:

      That should work! I also think we should expand on the “Gun Free Zone” concept and put up “Rape Free Zone” and “Murder Free Zone” signs, that way we can solve even more crime problems.

  12. Ok I have to confess. I am totally in the dark over this whole Rubio took a drink of water thing. Can someone please explain it for me? The guy took a drink of water and the world is ending? I don’t get it. And I am just too damn tired and depressed to back track it to the beginning. What has the left so cuckoo? Is there some rule of etiquette that says one may not take a drink of water when speechifying?
    HELPPPPP I’m lost.

    • elliesmom says:

      You can pick your nose if you’re a Democrat, but you can’t take a drink of water if you’re a Republican. Thems the rulz.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Random lame hook to try to destroy Rubio. He could have hiccuped, sniffed, anything really, they are just looking for an excuse.

    • Thank you. So he really did not commit some horribly egregious social blunder. Left Loonistan gets crazier by the minute.
      So I suppose this will be coming back should he run in 2016?

    • Constance says:

      The only thing Obama does well is deliver a pre written speech. So they think it is important that Rubio didn’t deliver proper stage craft as if that is what we want and need from a politician. The left/media is too stupid to listen to the content.

  13. myiq2xu says:

    I am really sick today. Fading in and out of semi-consciousness.

    Started coughing and woke up on the floor. The carpet tastes nasty.

  14. Headline: The single most significant thing about the topside briefs in the same-sex marriage cases


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  16. Mt.Laurel says:

    In looking at a link from down below about red and blue brain patterns, I saw this little tidbit in the sidebar. Looks like horse face (Kerry not Kennedy) will be getting more greenback via the wife. Not sure, but I think the last several generations of Heinz family members are turning in their graves.


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  18. westcoaster says:

    OT: Food court proposal…what could go wrong?

  19. HELENK says:

    frank lauetenberg D NJ says he will not run again, the dems already told Cory booker no. so who do the plan to install in NJ?


  20. wmcb says:

    Wait, I thought all conservatives were just puppets for corporations under the mind control of the eviiilll Grovvveeer Nooooorquist? So why is Coulter linking a Nation article calling out Grover for wanting to protect tax credits?

    And BTW, I agree with Ann here. Tax credits are payoffs to influential lobbies and constituents. Get rid of ’em.

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