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January 20, 2012

The Day Satire Died

by at 6:00 pm.

At the hands of NBC’s Chuck Todd, no less. The talking head guy is miffed about Colbert and his mocking of…well, people like Todd. And Citizen’s United. And the whole Republican primary to date. Claiming that Colbert has an agenda. Well, duh.

The rant that follows the Todd quote, from Hunter of dkos, is well worth a full read. Some total bonus phrases:

I am at this point not sure how someone would tell the satiric candidates apart from the sincere ones. If you asked me whether the Republican Party would be better off in the hands of Stephen Colbert, or Ron Paul, or Rick Santorum, or Newt Gingrich, or Mitt Romney, I hardly think Colbert’s would be the first name you would cross off the list.

But the threat is that the comedians can expect to be “held accountable,” by Todd and others, and that political satirists are overstepping their jester credentials by wanting “a place in this,” which I suppose means being too successful in interjecting themselves into the asininity that is politics.

I have nothing invested in whether Colbert does or does not do a damn thing. Neither does Todd or any other reporter, frankly, since one would think their profession is long past the point of being able to feel shame.

The Very Serious Pundits of The Village are concerned that they’re taking Colbert too seriously. But goddamn, isn’t that the whole point Colbert and Stewart are trying to make??

They used to call elections the “silly season” - I guess it’s a case of living up to one’s name…

2 Responses to “The Day Satire Died”

  1. Robert Forrant Says:

    It is real hard to tell the satiric news blabbers from the real ones - Chuck Todd just crossed over into the satiric camp. Cry me a river plastic news guy!

  2. Lynne Says:

    Tell me about it…I used to sort of take him seriously, too.

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