John Avlon has a wonderful article over on The Daily Beast about how comedians are taking over the job of what used to be considered “real” journalists.
Stephen Colbert testifying in front of Congress. Bill Maher serving as a one-man opposition research division against Wingnut Queen Christine O’Donnell. Jon Stewart hosting a pre-election “Rally to Restore Sanity” on the Washington Mall.
Naturally, my only complaint is that he somehow overlooked Political Irony.
After all, if a one-fifth of Americans believe that President Obama is secretly a Muslim, one-quarter believe that he wasn’t born in the United States, and over half think he’s a socialist, we’re acting crazy anyway. Might as well add some intentional humor to the funhouse-mirror distortions that pass for political debate. Because the best explanation for belief in the above statistics came from Colbert: “I love the truth; it’s facts I’m not a fan of.”
There’s a reason to take comedians seriously as commentators today. Sometimes it feels like they’re the only ones telling the truth.
I couldn’t agree more.