Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Will the Fake Satire of Samantha Bee destroy the loathsome White House Correspondents' Dinner?

One of the best things about having Trump as president is the fact that the press—in particular the dying legacy media—have again taken an adversarial position toward executive power. For eight years, Barack Obama actively lied about big things (the Iran nuclear deal, Obamacare) and little things (having heard of Snooki). All along, the legacy media covered for him, endlessly.

His venal incompetence led to massive scandals, yet legacy media figures are continuing to spread the false narrative (#FakeNews) that Obama had a “scandal-free” presidency.

In addition, you had the #FakeSatire of the likes of John Oliver and Stephen Colbert, speaking truth to the powerless while protecting the most powerful man in the world.

He claimed the authority to execute anyone based on secret information, without a trial, and the legacy media just shrugged.

The most glaring example of the corruption and decadence that marks Washington, D.C. actually predates Obama’s shameful presidency: The White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Like nothing else, this event symbolizes the partnership between power and those who are supposed to keep a check on that power. But now, that might actually be changing.

Now that the media has decided it has a role to play in ensuring that those in power don’t actually abuse their abuse their power, the WHCD is being if not re-thought, at least challenged:

At her alternative event, [Samantha] Bee will be roasting the president with some assistance from some like-minded comedians. “We’re not trying to supersede it,” she told The New York Times. “We just want to be there in case something happens — or doesn’t happen — and ensure that we get to properly roast the president.”

Samantha Bee is as loathsome and unfunny as Oliver and Colbert. She uses her “Full Frontal” show to shamelessly bully those in the flyover states with different opinions and values from hers and actively promote Democrat party talking points.* This event is going to be nothing more than #FakeSatire. But hopefully this is the beginning of the end of the pathetic, abusive, and tone-deaf WHCD.

Samantha Bee, using some edgy "comedy" to scold some flyover state rube.

By the way, for an illustration of just how dishonest the legacy media can be, look at the first sentence of the New York Times article referenced above:

Some have wondered what the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner will look like under notoriously thin-skinned President Donald Trump — the event traditionally features a comedian roasting the commander-in-chief, before the president himself gets the opportunity to roast the press and his opponents.

Actually, the event DOESN’T feature “a comedian roasting the commander-in-chief.” At least it hasn’t with Obama in office—it’s actually been used by comedians to viciously attack the president’s political enemies and slavishly praise him.

Also, are we still persisting with this narrative (#FakeNews) that Trump is “thin-skinned”? If he was “thin-skinned,” wouldn’t he have slowed down, even a little bit, over the past week?



*For reference, my favorite comedian is Paula Poundstone.

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