Former investigative reporter for The New York Times and current commentator for Fox News Judith Miller just experienced another painful… Read More
I never thought I would say this, but here we go: Bravo, Fox News. Bravo, standing ovation, etc. I had no idea you were playing such a long game — nearly 20 years now — nor that you would so slyly, casually reveal said long game in a three-minute segment on a Wednesday morning. It’s sort of brilliant! Yet in a Fox & Friends discussion of “the Frozen Effect,” the network (accidentally, perhaps?) let the cat out of the bag. While working up a lather of faux-outrage over Hollywood’s insistence on “turning our men into fools and villains,” host Steve Doocy all but winked at the camera. It hit me like a ton of bricks — that’s what Fox News has been doing all this time! Satirizing male stupidity and villainy by crafting comically transparent personas of male stupidity and villainy! They’ve out-Colbert’ed Colbert!
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Look, I know you get tired of hearing about it, but it’s true — it happens earlier and earlier, every single year. Why, it’s not even Labor Day yet, we’re still wearing age-inappropriate short pants, the kids are barely back in school, and already, four months before the big day… it’s time to start complaining about the War on Christmas. Can we just get put away the “Halloween is a Satanist celebration” protest signs first? Where are our priorities in this hopelessly paranoid, Christian conservative nation? Anyway, Kirk Cameron — remember him? The Growing Pains heartthrob whose warm, dreamy smile filled a thousand issues of Tiger Beat and as many late-‘80s junior high lockers, before he started railing about evolution and bananas and how gays are destroying civilization, and everyone sort of backed away from him slowly, like some kind of ranting, drooling homeless guy on the subway? Anyhoo, he’s made a fairly good living from the “faith-based” entertainment industry, so this week, he sat down with Glenn Beck’s The Blaze website, which in turn shared the trailer to his latest cinematic opus, Saving Christmas.
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Unlike the regular news shows it began skewering and ended up, for many, supplanting, The Daily Show goes on vacation. They time these breaks carefully — over holidays, or during stretches of the summer (like, say, mid-August) when news usually isn’t happening. It didn’t time out that way this year. The Daily Show aired on August 7 and then went on a two-and-a-half week hiatus; on August 9, Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri. As that shock over that shooting gave way to protests, tear gas, police militarization and threats, looting, and general horror, those of us who increasingly look to Stewart and company for a bit of levity and/or indignation had to wait. Last night, Stewart returned, with a reminder that while alums Colbert and Oliver may give TDS a run for their money in the social/political satire department, Stewart’s program remains untouchable in the area of fierce, stinging media commentary.
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