Comedy of Errors

Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” defends his obvious partisanship with the canard: “I’m just a comedian”. He uses it like a sword to cut down criticism of his left-leaning bias which he pretends doesn’t exist. When he pulled out that sword again during his interview by Chris Wallace, the blade was dull from overuse and no longer effective.

Considering that in 2009, a TIME magazine poll found Jon Stewart to be the most trusted “newscaster” in America, it is disingenuous to continue claiming he is just a comedian. He is fully aware of that poll and the public’s perception of him. It’s true that Stewart has taken jabs at the left and President Obama, but it is the right that finds itself prey to his sarcastic wit on almost every show.

Comedians have become the leading edge, and certainly the loudest edge, of the progressive agenda. It seems that more political views are being shaped by comedians than politicians or political analysts. Even political “analysts” such as Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, etc., have adopted one-liners, usually in the form of personal attacks, as standard analytical tidbits.

Bill Maher, too, is “just a comedian”, but he is now so convinced of his own political acumen that he no longer tries to hide or deny his bias. His show on HBO is more political than comedy and he often spews misinformation and personal opinion as fact. Joy Behar of “The View”, another comedian, has a habit of making ridiculous political statements. They often get laughs, but it is obvious she is convinced of her views and is going for more than laughs.

Janeane Garofalo, another one-time comedian, is no longer funny. The liberal media treat her as some kind of political pundit because of the sound bites they get from her biased, liberal screeds. She, like Bill Maher, now takes herself serious and wears the self-proclaimed cloak of “political expert” as if she actually deserves it.

Unfortunately, comedians hold the leading roles in the progressive Comedy of Errors, but the joke is on us. When the laughter ends, we may all be sorry it ever began.

David J. Hentosh


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