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humphrey

Thanks for the post magsview. Bernie could be considered a spring chicken when compared to this guy.

humphrey

It should be a no brainer but after all these are Democrats.

orlbucfan

That choice should be a no-brainer! The DLC/Turd Way did a real good job wrecking the longest surviving political party in this country. T and R, magsview!! 🙂

polarbear4

Nice, mags!

polarbear4

It Has To Be Said: The Late Night Talking Heads Are Only Here To Serve The Establishment

No one should have assumed the political comedians wouldn’t become status quo mouthpieces after the major media was put in the ownership of a few large corporations. But the result has been too painful not to comment on. In what’s passed off as ironic and folksy observations about the world’s problems, modern late night “left-leaning” comedy presents politics through a lens that’s wholly distorted by the beltway views of the network bosses. The optics are a disconcerting vision of rich people in suits standing on a stage in front of millions, selling power-serving propaganda with the frame of satire and witticism.

I’ve cited enough examples in past articles about how the late night comedians serve the power structure; their smacking down of third parties, their aggressive pushing of the Russia narrative; their active efforts to bury the election fraud in last year’s primaries. I’d like to focus here on the template they provide for how we’re collectively dragging ourselves to collapse.

Which is to say by seeking out comfort at whatever cost. The trick the Celebrity Clowns use, like that of the ruling class’ other surrogates, is to make their followers feel righteous in sticking with the established system. To the uproarious applause of the studio audience and the praise of headlines, these performers “destroy” the designated villains while building up a sense of satisfaction among anyone who goes with the designated heroes. We’re made to feel good about ourselves as we nod to the denunciations of Russia, of Trump, of the unreasonable leftists who point out Trump wouldn’t even be a subject if we’d addressed our problems instead of trying to start a war with Russia.

I disagree with his opinion of Bernie being too enmeshed at the end, but I think this is important. LOTS of folks watch these comedians and think they are being progressive. Better these guys than some, sure, but really, where are they when the chips are down for democratic socialists? I haven’t seen them in ages, so maybe Rainer and I are both wrong.

wi59

I really don’t watch much of any late night comedians, I’ll admit to Colbert’s monologue as he unmerciful on Trump and we know that pisses him off. Samantha Bee makes me laugh as well. Using them, count on them for political insight- nah not really.

humphrey

It should be all of them. But after all they are Republicans.

humphrey

Someone was pretty lucky! But how did this ever happen?

orlbucfan

It’s Orlando, Florida where I live. Don’t ask; you don’t want to know. 🙁

humphrey

Is this close to where you live mags? Any thoughts?

humphrey

Not sure how many of you use Verizon. Tim Black comments.

humphrey

I don’t think that Tim Black is a Donna Brazile fan.

humphrey

This should not be considered as a surprise!

humphrey

I doubt that Caitlin has an Amazon account. LOL

humphrey

This would have more credibility if it wasn’t from a David Brock employee.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/342277-ex-bush-ethics-lawyer-if-kushners-security-clearance-isnt-revoked

A former ethics lawyer who worked under President George W. Bush blasted White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is President Trump’s son-in-law, for still having a security clearance.

“Jared Kushner’s security clearance should be revoked. If not, we should just throw in the towel and give one to Vladimir Putin himself,” Richard Painter tweeted on Sunday.

CREW isn’t what it used to be since a takeover by Brock.

orlbucfan

Ye gods! What a terrible shame!

humphrey

Huh! The Democrats want to believe that only the Russians did things like this.

polarbear4

Well, at least they want US to believe that only Russians do things like that. Wishful thinking on their part.

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