Friday, April 17, 2009

John Oliver vs. more D-bags

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  1. Amazing what you can do with a couple of cut scenes and 6 people. That would be like finding some lady at the democratic national convention that isn't worried about paying her mortgage or gas anymore, or some lacky that wants obama to force McD's to give him benefits, or better yet some old hag that wants obama to give her a house and assuming that is representative of the liberal mentality.

  2. Alot, you are forgetting that many of these teabaggers are merely repeating what their leaders Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck have asked them to say.

  3. here are a few more for you alotPerhaps, alot, you can better explain what the point of the teabagging was?

  4. It seems that you, Alot, have mistakenly assumed that The Daily Show has to uphold the same principles of journalistic integrity as "real" news. It doesn't. It's comedy. It's entertainment. It's also hilarious.

    Your frustration is understandable. FauxNews has blurred the line between legitimate news and entertainment to the point that it's nearly indistinguishable.

    To be fair, Comedy Central is probably also partly responsible, what with their spot-on satirical commentary and all. What nerve!

  5. Comedy Central, spot-on? They're just part of the same distortion of public discourse as FauxNews. Entertaining, yes. But Stewart sets up so many false dilemmas, false dichotomies, straw men, and "No true Scotsmen" scenarios to create a target for mocking that I find it silly anyone wants to uphold him as a trustworthy commentator of American politics. He's not alone; Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Colbert, Leno, they all do this, too, not to mention every single professional politician in this country.

    Capitalism forces journalism to abandon so-called "journalistic integrity": sensational news is what sells, and since profitable journalism is all that can make it in a mass-media society, I'm not convinced any of it can be trusted as an unbiased or spot-on resource. The sensational doesn't happen as nearly as what is falsely proclaimed in the press, and when the public buys into this, the discourse invariably becomes sensationalized as well.

    Sorry for my tirade, Loyd. I can't help it, though, when folks try to make someone the culprit when the discourse itself is so useless, circular, vitriolic, and shallow. The tea parties show just how frustrated a lot of Americans feel when their political discourse is so stifled, but not any cogent articulation of what's best for our country. They don't realize that these protests just keep these circles in motion.


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