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Comedy has been no easier for the phalanx of late-night television hosts who depend on skewering political leaders for a healthy quotient of their nightly monologues. Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and others have delivered a nightly stream of jokes about the Republican running for president — each one a variant on the same theme: John McCain is old.
But there has been little humor about Mr. Obama: about his age, his speaking ability, his intelligence, his family, his physique.
A transcript of the July 16 exchange, which aired at 6:38am, follows:
JOHN HARWOOD (New York Times): It's hard to be provocative and funny about your own side. It's easier to do about the other side.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Yeah.
HARWOOD: Same with talk radio. Talk radio is sharper when a Democrat is in power than Republicans are in power.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: This is not about being in the tank.
SCARBOROUGH: I just-- I never want to hear anybody from 'The Daily Show' or any of these other shows ever saying again, 'We speak truth to power.' 'Cause you know what they do? They speak truth to Republicans. Republicans are funny. They have been idiots and jackasses over the past seven years. But, please, don't be subversive, because you're not. Because you're a hack. You're a hack for the Democratic Party and you only tell jokes about one side.
BRZEZINSKI: Joe-- No, this is not about being in the tank.
SCARBOROUGH: They're hacks!
BRZEZINSKI: You're unbelievable!
HARWOOD: No. Well, but hold on a second. I don't think they are hacks for the Democratic Party. People write about what's funny to them. And the stuff that's funny to them is, is the stuff that comes out of what they see that they want to make fun of from Republicans. That's what-- It's in the same way that if you are a columnist or if you are a commentator, it's much easier to whack the other side than to be sharp about your own side.
SCARBOROUGH: Oh, sure. I understand that. Which means, and we all know this is the case, that on the "The Daily Show" and other shows like this, they only have people with one world view.
BRZEZINSKI: No, I really don't--
SCARBOROUGH: Mika, please! Mika, that is so-- Will you please--
HARWOOD: That's a fair point.
SCARBOROUGH: Will you please go back and read the article before you say anything else about this?
BRZEZINSKI: I will read the article.
SCARBOROUGH: Because you have people admitting on these staffs that they don't want to make fun of somebody because they are supporting them. That's as clear as it gets.
HARWOOD: No, no, no. They didn't say it's because they were supporting them. They were saying they weren't seeing the humor, weren't finding the humor. That's a different thing. It's not that they are trying to serve a political agenda, it's what is it that moves them? What is it that gets a joke out of them?
SCARBOROUGH: They have one world view, Mika. They have one world view at "The Daily Show."
BRZEZINSKI: Wow. Yes, but I--
SCARBOROUGH: Go over there some time. Go over there sometime.
BRZEZINSKI: But I really think you are missing a bigger problem here or challenge, however you want to put it, for comedy writers or for satirists, I hope I'm using the right word there. But my point is that there are layers of what's politically correct and layers of what potentially could incite the wrong things. When have you a candidate who is black and who has a name people have made fun of and have bad information on the internet on, I think there are layers here that present really great challenges.
SCARBOROUGH: You know what? Okay, Mika, just stop. Just please stop.
BRZEZINSKI: No, it's not about being in the tank. It's about being responsible.
Originally posted by TKainZero
They are a satirical news, and they are both Slanted to the left.
Originally posted by argentus
My take -- both of these shows are very entertaining, and that's what they're intended to be, nothing more. S. Colbert has found a real niche in posing as conservative, and in that way he can lampoon both sides. In general I think Stewart/Colbert line-up works great together, they're both funny, and in the process manage to introduce various people in a way that we don't normally see them.
Dronetek, you obviously do not watch these shows on a regular basis then.