By Alison Dagnes (auth.)
This publication examines why there are so few conservative political satirists this present day and explores the results of this imbalance.
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This need reinforces sometimes tired or clichéd jokes that comedians sometimes fall back on, but going deeper is difficult to do. Pete Dominick is the host of Stand Up with Pete Dominick on Sirius/XM radio, and he says that, unfortunately, most comedians shy away from political material because the audiences do not grasp it. He used the example of former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, who was caught in a political sex scandal in 2009: Most comedians don’t know that much about Mark Sanford and I should say, actually most audiences don’t.
Don’t Tell Me! as a radio show that has a satirical bend, even if much of the material is not pure satire. The same thing goes for examining the historical work of Benjamin Franklin or the cartoons of Herblock: we can examine satire within this broader definition and in doing so shed more light on the topic. In broadcast and print, satire plays an increasingly important role in our political understanding, so much so it’s becoming difficult to get away from it. How to be True and Get Real in the Age of Silly that while we are living in a serious age, we sometimes have a hard time being sober about important matters.
Sarah Palin is a perfect example. Not much as a politician . . as soon as she got picked we learned everything about her family, her background, pictures of her from college. You know, the media loves her because she is a pretty girl or says pretty good things and so there is lots of stuff to hang your hat on (Baze 2010). One can fairly point to the weaknesses of the mainstream media with their soft news coverage of politics as fodder for these parody portrayals. When real news organizations pay more attention to the lifestyle elements of a candidate than the policy preferences, it becomes the dominant narrative that describes a politician.