Self-fulfilling punchlines: Proving his very own point that liberals are no fun, Frank Rich writes a story about liberals that is itself no fun.
I don’t think the link goes with the text.
Not that I minded the link…
John Stewart’s got the funniest thing going on television. Franken’s death-by-a-thousand-cuts approach to O’Reilly was brilliant. Who are the conservative comedy gold mines again? Rush Limbaugh? Ann Coulter? Carrot Top?
Let’s be honest. The dominance of conservatism on the AM dial — which is really what we’re talking about here — has nothing to do with being funny. It has everything to do with being able to milk rage from an audience on a daily basis for hours at a time.
And liberals don’t rage. They may bitch, or whine, or complain, or even protest, but they don’t rage. And they don’t like people who do rage.
The kind of rage that motivates conservatives is seen by liberals as a sort of Neanderthal response to the world. And talk show hosts that try to evoke liberal rage are doomed to failure. Most liberals would rather laugh than rage, which is why “The Daily Show” is huge and Jim Hightower isn’t.
Of course, like the old saying goes: “Dying’s easy, it’s comedy that’s hard.” That’s why the Daily Show is only a single half hour, 4 days a week. Being funny is infinitely harder than being angry. Which is why conservatives have thousands of hours a week of Michael Savage clones trying to outsavage each other, and liberals just have “The Daily Show”.
“Let’s be honest. The dominance of conservatism on the AM dial — which is really what we’re talking about here — has nothing to do with being funny.”
This is true.
“It has everything to do with being able to milk rage from an audience on a daily basis for hours at a time. ”
But this isn’t.
Conservative radio is successful because pre-Fox it was the only place politically interested conservatives can listen to a conservative message. Liberals don’t need a Rush Limbaugh. They have Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, and virtually everyone else in major journalism. Fox realized the same thing. Conservatives and libertarians predominantly prefer Fox while liberals split their audience between CNN and the networks. Perpetuating stereotypes isn’t the answer.
“And liberals don’t rage. They may bitch, or whine, or complain, or even protest, but they don’t rage. And they don’t like people who do rage.”
This may have been more true when they were in power, although I wouldn’t agree with it then either. But now? I think you need to get out more.
Anyway, what I noticed in the article was Rich’s comment that Molly Ivins is entertaining. Excuse me? She’s Ann Coulter without the body (or maybe with an extra). Every column is a strawman stereotype dressed up with insults and pithy comments. If she is what passes for entertainment it’s no wonder people think liberals have no sense of humor.
Conservatives dominate AM radio. Great. Does that mean by 2030 I’ll be able to listen to the “Best of Rush” on 8-track?
MJ beat me to it, but I’ve never thought there was anything remotely funny about about Molly Ivins. Nor Franken, and not because of his politics. Have you seen a Stuart Smalley skit rerun lately. Why was that considered funny.
By far the funniest political humorist out there is PJ O’Rourke and last time I checked he was still a conservative.
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