Satire is Serious Business


On Fox News’ Media Buzz Sunday morning, host Howard Kurtz continued the back and forth between media critics who claim that the Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s mockery of Obamacare was a watershed moment for the law, and Stewart’s response that he’s just a comedian whose equal opportunity jokes shouldn’t be taken as bellwethers of political opinion.

“This is a neat little game that Jon Stewart is playing,” Kurtz said. “He wants to be a cutting-edge media and political critic—remember the Rally for Sanity in Washington?—and he’s good at it! But if you say he’s having an impact, he says, ‘Wuh? I don’t have any impact. I’m just a guy telling smutty jokes on basic cable.’”

Kurtz was one of the critics Stewart lampooned on his show this week. Last Sunday, Kurtz had led an entire segment on the Daily Show’s coverage of Obamacare, with regular guest Lauren Ashburn arguing that Stewart was speaking to the very demographic whose participation was necessary for the law’s functionality.

“Jon Stewart making fun of Obamacare was a symbolic moment, the same with SNL mocking Kathleen Sebelius, but these things matter,” Kurtz said. “Do we in the media overuse these clips to oversimplify issues? We’re guilty, Jon, we’re guilty! But keep ‘em coming.”

Jon Stewart is infamouse for his “clown nose on, clown nose off” routine where he alternates between being a serious journalist and claiming his is “just a comedian”. The fact is he is both.

I don’t know how influential Stewart or any other comedian really is. That is a really hard thing to measure. He certainly has some influence, but that isn’t what matters right now.

Late night comics have their fingers on the pulse of popular culture. They have to be in touch with the daily zeitgeist to be successful. If they are talking about a subject then so are millions of other Americans. Their jokes will generally reflect the mood and popular opinion of their target audience.

Jon Stewart got his start on The Daily Show covering the 2000 primaries and the presidential election. But he really hit his stride mocking George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. He was merciless and fearless.

Then came Obama, and suddenly the occupant of the White House became a taboo topic of humor. The GOP was still fair game, and sometimes other Democrats, but Thou Shalt Not Disrespect Teh Precious!

So when someone says “Even John Stewart . . .” what they mean is “Even someone who is totally in the tank for Obama . . .”


And that is significant.

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61 Responses to Satire is Serious Business

  1. The Klown says:

    If this post seems badly written blame the Buffalo Bills.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    The Bush jokesters all shriveled up and died when Obama came on the scene. Do you remember when Stewart told an Obama joke, his young, hipster audience was silent, and he infamously said “it’s okay to laugh at Obama”. I think that’s what changed him. Fear of being considered a raaaaaacist.

    It’s how I found Key and Peele, my craving for edgy and funny political humor. Their Obama stuff makes me ROFLMAOPIMP ! Jon who? 😉

    • The Klown says:

      It didn’t used to matter who sat in the Oval office – comedians made fun of them all until Obama came along.

    • swanspirit says:

      Stewart has been a shill for Obama since Obama started running for Prezzie . He was mercilessly misogynist toward Hillary and Sarah , , and skewered Romney and the Republicans whenever he could and still does. For him to pretend he is ” just a comic ” is way worse than being disingenuous ; it is :” just” part of his essential hypocrisy .But his hypocrisy is making him richer than Romney (who earned his honestly ) , so I am sure he doesn’t care no matter how much he protests . The comic doth protest too much , methinks .

  3. 1539days says:

    During the infamous “Crossfire” episode with Stewart, Tucker Carlson told him “I thought you were going to be funny. Be funny.” In that segment, Stewart argued that being on CNN meant that news had to be in one format and to his specifications. On Comedy Central, he could lie and slant the news however he wants.

  4. helenk3 says:

    this is the best description of today’s government I have seen yet

  5. The Klown says:

    I will not vote for any candidate who employs David Axelrod – ever.

    • The Klown says:

      Axelrod and Karl Rove are two sides of the same turd.

    • 1539days says:

      Axelrod let something interesting slip out at the end there. When Gregory asked him about having a better campaign technology team than for the website, Axelrod said something about being “constrained” as to whom they could hire. Unfortunately, that’s the point. In the government, there are rules and regulations that constrain technology and business all the time.

      I am also tired of hearing about how some plans were “bad” for the individuals buying them. What’s good about an Obamacare plan that costs more AND has a higher deductible? The line is that insurance is “better” because it covers preexisting conditions and the limits are so high you won’t have to go bankrupt. Here’s some news. If you have to pay $7,000 a year for insurance with a $7,500 deductible and you earn $30,000 a year, one Emergency room stay might bankrupt you.

    • Lulu says:

      …dispiriting to the fans… says Gregory referring to himself.
      Axelevil admits that the website not being online in the timeline of the fraud and con screwed up their PR and misinformation campaign. The the termination notices rolled out (mandated by Obamacare regulation and required by law irregardless of the shit website crony contractors not meeting their obligation in the con) over the small group (14 million) who can’t “transition” (get fucked over) smoothly (out of site of the media and the rest of the nation). Axelevil admits what they were attempting to do with the usual weasel language. Now the con is exposed. Asshole.

    • bluestate says:

      it is absolutely disgusting that the panel characterizes that statement as anything other than a LIE

  6. swanspirit says:

    Completely OT and non satirical , THE WHITE QUEEN is coming out on DVD and this is who played Richard III

      • swanspirit says: The Richard III Society has even more !

        • DandyTIger says:

          Cool. The War of the Roses era, and the people involved, is really interesting.

        • indigogrrl says:

          It was an entertaining series

        • swanspirit says:

          I found many parallels to modern politics in the series, especially the treacherous backroom scheming and plotting . There was a line about Margaret of Anjou , that while she was Queen of England by virtue of being married to Henry VI , she “hated this country ” .
          So ruling a country and not loving that country, isn’t a new thing .
          I have to say ,I truly believe the Obamas deeply dislike this country on a very basic and not necessarily always subconscious level.
          And Richard III was much maligned by the “media” William Shakespeare , because he was writing for the Tudors , who had been his enemy , and much desired any blame for nefarious acts to be placed directly at Richards feet.

        • angienc says:

          Yep, the Tudors had the weakest claim to the throne of *any* of the others (being from the illegitimate line of Edward III’s 4th son, John of Gaunt) hence Shakespeare’s infamous portrayal of Richard III as a hunchback (he wasn’t) and a murder of the “prince in the tower” (only circumstantial evidence & rumors from the Tudor’s support that charge) because such propaganda helped strengthen the Tudor’s claim to throne (Henry VII won it by right of conquest so he didn’t *actually* need more than that, but the illegitimate line sting hung over all of them). In fact, before Henry Tudor got lucky in his ONE military campaign & defeated Richard III to become Henry VII, Richard III was written about as being just ruler.

          But, it eventually all led to Henry VIII & Elizabeth I, my two favorite English monarchs ever (because their lives were so interesting), so it worked out for the best. 🙂

  7. helenk3 says:

    look who backtrack puts in charge on climate task force

    global warming pause to last another 20 years

    so they have another two years while backtrack is in office to use this excuse to redistribute wealth another name for stealing

  8. votermom says:

    Payback opportuity this Tuesday. Dems at all levels voted to re-elect Obama & keep this POS bill.

  9. angienc says:

    OT — have you seen Rham Emanuel’s brother his Dr. Mengele? I hope they keep sending that arrogant know-it-all jerk out to defend Obamacare because he will *really* turn people off from it.

    • trixta says:

      Ezekiel Emanuel is a snake…very bad for Obamacare PR. Why have him out there? Probably because of the 2014 elections, and the Dem pols are refusing to go out and defend it themselves.

      • angienc says:

        Ah, smart thinking trixta! I was wondering why the heck they’re sending that repulsive ass out there to defend it myself. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head.

  10. The Klown says:

    The Eagles’ QB has thrown 7 TD’s today, tying an NFL record. There is still 12 minutes left in the game.

    They are playing the Raiders.

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  14. angienc says:

    In case anyone has heard that annoying “What does the fox say” song & was wondering:

    (I knew about the sharp barking sound & the howl; had no idea about the gekering).

  15. 1539days says:

    Organizing for Assholes trying again to get people to sign up for Obamacare who can pay for all the deadbeats who already signed up for Medicaid.

  16. 1539days says:

    Has anyone suggest that SAG should have their members all sign up for Obamacare?

    • t says:

      Probably about half of SAG will be enrolling in Obamacare. Some of them are likely Medicaid eligible. I have a nephew who is a NYC “playwright” and in SAG. He is at least subsidy eligible.

    • DandyTIger says:

      The SAG leadership would probably say the same thing Harry the Snake said about congress signing up for Obamacare, it would be an outrageous punishment to inflict on their members. And they’d be right.

  17. t says:

    Something about your site is really comforting, Klown. Your posts tend to be satisfying, you always make me laugh. I probably agree with about 40% of the things said in comments, but it’s still nice to get a fresh perspective, a different point of view. I honestly don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t come here. So thanks.

  18. “Axelrod let something interesting slip out at the end there. When Gregory asked him about having a better campaign technology team than for the website, Axelrod said something about being “constrained” as to whom they could hire. Unfortunately, that’s the point. In the government, there are rules and regulations that constrain technology and business all the time.”

    The real constraints were Michelle and ValJar stomping their feet and making them choose their pals for the Big Payday. It wasn’t Govt regulations that “constrained” Ocare development. It was graft and corruption.

    Par for the course with these guys.

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