In case you missed it, I went off on a bit of a rant about comedy in the age of Obama at my site American Glob this week.
Frankly, I’m sick to death of the left’s inability to find anything funny about Obama while continuing to target the same tired subjects of Bush, FOX News and Republicans in general.
Jon Stewart is a classic example of this and the left loves to point out how Stewart “destroys” his subjects.
David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon points out that Stewart can often induce laughter from his audience by simply staring at them after showcasing his chosen target, who is almost always someone on the right:
Comedy of Stares
You know the drill if you watch The Daily Show.
Host Jon Stewart plays a smashcut of television news clips, to help him destroy, eviscerate, demolish, devastate, torch, obliterate and disembowel a generally conservative straw man opinion, movement or Fox News host.
After that comes the true punch line, where Stewart often simply gapes at the camera for humorous effect, to convey his shock or revulsion at whatever those clips displayed. All this is done to raucous applause and laughter from an adoring studio audience.
It’s impressive: A group of people who obediently guffaw like hyenas at a glance. Stewart often can be funny, but like fellow mainstream media-adored liberal comedian Stephen Colbert, he limits himself almost exclusively and rather boringly to targeting one side of the political spectrum.
Here’s a helpful video compiled by the Free Beacon:
Jon Gabriel of Ricochet also made recent note of Jon Stewart the destroyer:
See Jon Stewart DESTROY Strawman!
If you’re unfortunate enough to follow the average “destroyed” link, you’ll see “Daily Show” producers play an out of context clip, followed by Jon Stewart’s silent mugging for the camera and hoots of audience approval. Target DESTROYED.
Left-leaning sites like Upworthy, Huffington Post and Raw Story have run these headlines several times a week for months now. A quick Google search tells the tale:
- “Jon Stewart destroys”: 451,000 hits
- “Jon Stewart slays”: 46,300 hits
- “Jon Stewart trashes”: 372,000 hits
- “Jon Stewart wipes the floor”: 804,000 hits
And that doesn’t count the common misspellings of John or Stuart. Often, “The Daily Show” host is replaced with Stephen Colbert (60,900 destroys) or John Oliver (217,000 destroys), but the pattern is the predictable.
Needing to up the ante from the all-too-common “destroyed,” progressive sites are intensifying the descriptions. Stewart now regularly “flays,” “eviscerates,” and even “disembowels” the bêtes noires of the Acela corridor.
By November I expect tougher headlines: “SEE Jon Stewart DRAW AND QUARTER Fox News and put Bill O’Reilly’s HEAD on a PIKE as a BLOODCURDLING warning to others!”
The left can’t laugh at Obama because in doing so they would be laughing at themselves. That would be an admission of his failure as a president and their failure in supporting him.
If a Republican wins in 2016, and I hope he or she does, the left will use comedy to attack that person immediately and pretend that the previous eight years never existed.
It’ll be hypocritical and annoying but at least the country might finally get back on the right track.
Won’t that be funny?
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