Late Night Propaganda

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Perhaps that was the real purpose of Obama’s routine appearances on late night television as president of the United States, an unprecedented breach of traditional decorum: he wanted to make it routine for all candidates to appear on the shows run by his allies.  By appearing himself, Obama essentially dared anyone who opposes him to take the seat opposite the Jon Stewarts and Jimmy Fallons of the world – and, as they have to, Republicans have taken the bait.  That’s why we’ve seen Rick Perry reading a top ten list on Letterman about his debate foibles.  That’s why Bachmann was on Fallon.  That’s why McCain deigned to appear with Stewart, even knowing what was coming.

Dennis Miller was both brave and correct when he bashed Jay Leno for kissing Obama’s royal arse last week.  He actually recommended that Leno hire Obama after Obama loses his re-election effort: “I could see you guys doing comedy bits on here where you come out as Carnut the Magnificent and you have the turban on and the mechanic overalls and he reads ‘You are correct, sir!’ off a teleprompter.”

More likely, Obama will end up hiring all of these comedians as his court jesters sometime in the near future.  Their ratings are dropping, and their biases are now obvious.  And we already know the relationships are good: the Comedy Central writers are Obama’s brain trust of hilarity, writing jokes for his speeches and giving him tips on how to win over an audience.

What happened to Rep. Bachmann is nothing new.  It’s just the most obvious crack in the solid wall of propaganda put out by the late night left that it bashes both sides equally.  The “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” slam was planned in advance – Questlove tweeted shortly before she appeared, “aight late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title.”

If Fallon doesn’t fire Questlove, every Republican politician should boycott his show.  If they don’t, they contribute to a culture of sexism.  More than that, they contribute to the continued dominance of the leftist media, which will do anything and everything to destroy its enemies.

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  • Herman Caintonette

    Benji is a real Shill, man.

    Bachmann, Perry, Gingrich and Cain are God's gift to comedians, and Sarah Palin has devolved into a caricature of herself. Republicans are easier to make fun of on account of their relentless hypocrisy, as exemplified by the revelation that Gingrich took 1.6-1.8 million from Freddie Mac whilst complaining that Barney Frank should be prosecuted. Comedians love low-hanging fruit.

    There is nothing like watching the old Dennis Miller excoriate the new Dennis Miller, who is about as funny today as Cream of Wheat.

    • stern

      this poster is a vile anti-Semite. The only way to rid these pages of this virus is to ignore it completely. Please do not engage.

      On Nov 15, the following comment was posted on these pages by Herman Caintonette:

      “[Palestinians] deserve to have a state on the land that was stolen from them. If killing Jewish kids aids in this endeavor, morally speaking, they are legitimate targets. "By any means necessary," intoned Malcolm X.”

      • Herman Caintonette

        Again, I am merely applying the moral code of the Jewish god to the facts at hand. It sticks in your craw, to the point where all you can do is repeat this calumnous canard.

        • לוחם נגד המנוולים

          Vile Jew-hater, a walking piece of feces with legs sticking out.

    • mrbean

      Your heroine, the post menopausal hag Hillary Clinton would rate Jimmy Buffet's A$$hole song.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    In the world of "live" comedy no one said anything negative about Obama for a couple of years. Then the jokes started to slip in and people began to laugh – it was like they couldn't before – that they were not allowed! Now if a comic comes on stage lauding Obama it is generally met with a wall of sighs or silence!

    • filmklassik

      Nah. I wish to hell that was true, but it isn't.

  • WildJew

    If Ahmir has spent his life hanging out with racist Nation of Islam colleagues; if he has sympathies for the late Osama bin Laden and Barack Hussein Obama, who Bachmann rightly said "may have anti-American views" (do you think?), it is unsurprising that he despises Michele Bachmann who, when asked about the Muslim riots in France said, "Not all cultures are equal, not all values are equal…." Indeed.

    • filmklassik

      First I've heard about Fallon's bandleader having "Nation of Islam" colleagues. The shameless left-wing bias exhibited by most of the members of the media truly sickens me.

      I've been feeling more and more depressed lately…

  • davarino

    Not long ago some lefties were complaining that the media was run by conservatives. That some how Fox was controlling how news was reported in all of media. Now thats funny stuff right there.

    Its funny, when I was a child we learned about the Soviet Union and how they had Pravda, which was blatant propaganda. At the time we were prowd that America had an unbiased media. We were ignorant then, and you would be blatantly wrong now if you believe we have an unbiased media today. When I was a child it puzzled me how all the network news channels were reporting on the same things at the same time. Today they are not so blatant. Today they are more like snake charmers, lulling the people to sleep with half truths and misdirection.

    • dan

      Yeah, me too. As a teenager I learned that Pravda translated as "Truth" and the other Soviet news organ, Izvestia, translated as "News". And it was commonly said that in the Soviet Union/Russia the Russians themselves said that in Pravda there is no truth and in Izvestia there is no news. Perhaps in our networks (NBC, ABC, CBS) there is no reverence for that which is of our Nation, American, and for Columbia (a poetic name for the Americas, and the feminine personification of the United States of America). All thanks to New York, Hollywood, and the District of Columbia.

      • PassionTea

        Good usage of Columbia. Imma dream 'bout her while I grip my guns and bible in fear of what dem coastal elites are gonna do to my precious.

  • Questions

    People in this country are remarkably capable of forming their own opinions. Some turn out to be liberals. It happens. But it's not because they're "brainwashed" by the networks or Hollywood.

    • stern

      Nope, it's because they prefer to remain blind to reality. Life is so much easier when you kid yourself into thinking everyone loves everyone else.

  • parabolic

    Shapiro attributes the late-night joke tally to politics. But isn't it possible, perhaps likely, that it is simply easier to make jokes about Bush and McCain?

    • tanstaafl

      "continuing his apology tour, President Obama apologized to both Germany and Japan for the United States' role in spoiling their attempts at world conquest."

    • filmklassik

      Agreed parabolic that it is MUCH easier to make jokes about Bush and McCain and also Palin and Bachman, too. The reason being is that none of them are the first black President.

      Let's face it — it is very difficult for American Liberals to make hard-hitting, go-for-the-jugular cracks about Obama without feeling queasy afterward. Gentle, affectionate ribbing is usually all they are willing to venture with him.

  • NotaBene

    Show business is, as the name implies, a business. if you could find conservative comedians that people liked to watch, they'd have careers. 1/2 News Hour anyone? Oh yeah, it tanked – on Fox, so you can't claim it was 'set up' somehow.

    For whatever reason conservatives just aren't funny. If you think I'm wrong, please name some. There's jackie Mason, PJ O'Rourke, and, uh…Dennis Miller. None of those guys have made anyone laugh since 1991 at the latest.

    I thought you people believed in the market…

    • NotaBene

      'name some' as in 'name some conservatives who are funny', that is.

      • JoJoJams

        Bill Cosby

  • Ghostwriter

    Well,there are some. You've just mentioned one of them,Dennis Miller. Maybe you should buy yourself a sense of humor,NotaBene. It would work wonders for you.

    • NotaBene

      If you think Dennis Miller is funny you probably think raw sewage is delicious.

      So what do you recommend? Affirmative action for unfunny right-wing comedians?

  • MaoYing

    I wonder if they would have played the same song if Michelle Obama was the guest on the show. You see, late night shows must always be sensitive-to-the-needs of minorities that are guests on the show. Anything less than total loving care and total sensitivity would offend such minorities that are guests on late night shows, and if that should happen, then cries of racism would spring up all over TV land and everybody who is anybody on TV would be running for cover with Jimmy Fallon leading the way. Chasing after them would be all the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of the world that had come out of the woodwork to hunt them down and make them "pay". So, it seems there would be no way the same song would have been played for Michelle Obama. She deserves total sensitivity from TV land just as she does from all of government and society.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-roVLVvV0AY Hamzie

    Its sad that bulling and insulting behaviour is viewed as entertainment

  • tagalog

    Do you think that the next time President Obama makes a public appearance, the band might play the old Harry Nillson song that has a line in it that goes, "You're breaking my heart, you're tearing it apart, so f**k you!"

  • J Tariq

    Hey buddy it sounds like you’re really upset! Have you ever listened to Michelle Bachmann, does she not lie? Have you ever watched the keeping them honest portion of King’s CNN show? I loved the intro, it was truly befitting for her.

    • PatrioticUSGlory

      Bachmann has made mistakes, as conclusively proven by the fact she provides sources, however right or wrong they might be. I see no evidence of lying. But I see your agenda quite clearly, Tariq. Work on your own honesty, sir.

  • Andrew

    I would have appreciated if the author had identified the "enemies" — to whom he refers in the last line of the article — as "tolerance, free speech, free markets, limited government, fiscal responsibility, family-friendly values, personal responsibility, conservative women in particular, conservative Blacks in particular, capitalism, Christians, the wealthy and conservatives in general." Since I believe those are indeed their enemies.

    • BreathOfFreshAir

      Add "hygiene" and "good taste" to that list.