The Daily Show was an epic fail: irony and snark lost to the reality of Trump, as it were. Trump is president because the left, liberals and especially younger people put their faith in late night comedy rather than policy. Even now, two months-plus into Trump’s term, liberals still haven’t figured out that the reason he’s president is because millions of union members and many left-leaning nonvoters decided to show up for Trump rather – as it were—than for the late night comedy political correctness.
Trump even improved on the GOP’s numbers among blacks and Latinos, when compared with 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s results. Progressives who want to win won’t do it with snarky news summaries.
I like Samantha Bee and enjoyed being on her show but she won’t save us from the alt-right. Nor will any of the other late night smart set…
Want to win again? Focus on policy.
Want to resist Trump? Work for the DNC, join the ACLU, fight for the unions, defend the press, run for congress… but forget the trendy lefty comedians. SNL is not salvation but just catharsis.
Liberals seem to be more interested in making fun of Donald Trump’s hair or mocking the educational attainment of his voters. In other words everyone wants to be another mini-Jon Stewart. But he failed. If the smart late night comedians had won Hillary would be president. They lost because irony is no substitute for the hard un-sexy work of policy.
When the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear — a gathering that took place on October 30, 2010, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was led by Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, and by Stephen Colbert, in-character as a conservative political pundit— 215,000 people attended… and achieved what?
Nothing- but an ego boost for two comedy writer/stars…
Seven years later Trump is president and the empty frivolousness of a generation of Daily Show fans that confused posturing with reality now are faced with a “president” who is all posturing.
The Daily Show was a “fake news show” comedy. Now we have serious fake news spewed out by fascist lying thugs, including Putin’s thugs.
The joke is over. Frivolous irony lost to serious hate.
And only the long hard un-fun work of politics — messy as it is — just might change anything.
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As the great Bob Dylan said, The times they are a changing. Don’t piss on my back and tell me it’s raining. Don’t call yourself a democrat, when YOUR democratic policies go against what most Christians and Americans believe. The DNC is a party so out of touch with reality and corrupt, it deserves to lose to an Orange Baboon. People need to quit blaming Trump and take the BIG LOG out of their OWN eye. YOU are the problem democrats. YOU.
Spot-on, Frank. Similarly, so many younger Americans forget that sharing FB posts and attending rallies are all well and good, but the only way actually to elect candidates is to show up on Election Day, stand in line, and cast a ballot. It’s a remarkably old-fashioned idea in the era of social media, but it’s still the only way to get the best people into those offices.
Just proved how racist many in the United States is by voting for a game show host,and how lazy young people are for not voting at all.God bless America???