FT192: “One of the worst things about being conservative is enduring the unfunny comedy on liberal television.” —Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 18th, 2013

Fundamental Truth

Marijuana and Youth make Juvenile Humor Funny

When I was a wee little one I used to read Mad Magazine.  Granted, most of the political humor was over my head.  But there was a lot of stuff in that magazine that made me laugh.  Many years later I can still remember some of that humor.  Including a piece about two sober people attending a George Carlin standup comedy show.

Marijuana had just migrated from the counterculture to the general population.  And into our schools.  A lot of school kids were getting high.  Which is what people did back then at concerts.  Rock concerts.  And standup comedy.  Especially with a counterculture icon like George Carlin.  With his seven dirty words you can’t say on television.  And all his trouble with ‘the man’ because of those seven dirty words.

At a George Carlin comedy show in that Mad Magazine piece they showed a crowd laughing their behinds off.  While the two sober people aren’t even cracking a smile.  Finding nothing funny.  What they hear is juvenile humor that might make a child laugh.  But not a mature adult.  Then the punch-line is something like this.  One of the two sober people says, “This is the last time we come to one of these concerts without getting stoned first.”

Liberal Audiences are like Children in Grade School who will laugh if someone calls their Teacher a Poopy Head

Smoking marijuana tends to make people laugh.  Almost without being able to stop laughing.  For everything is funny when high.  The more juvenile the funnier.  Where poopies and passing gas are just plain hilarious.  As their state of mind is not exactly at its sharpest level.  Regressing back to childhood.  And laughing at the same things they laughed at as a child.  Among other things.  Kids will always laugh when someone rips a loud one.  While adults are typically disgusted and just want to move away.

The young typically vote liberal.  And enjoy the liberal television shows.  The people laughing in the audiences of Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show are either young or liberal.  Or both.  Who don’t need to be stoned to laugh.  As long as it’s juvenile.  And it attacks conservatives.  Which they find funny.  Or know the proper thing for a liberal to do is to laugh whenever anyone makes fun of a conservative.

Liberal audiences are like those stoned people watching George Carlin in that Mad Magazine.  While conservatives are like those two sober people trying to figure out what’s so funny.  Those liberal audiences are like children in grade school who will laugh if someone calls their teacher a poopy head.  Only on liberal television they’re calling conservatives poopy heads.  While the grownups find little humor in this or being the butt of a joke.  And a bad joke at that.

It was really only in the Last Year that Liberal Late-Night Television made fun of President Obama

One of the worst things about being conservative is enduring the unfunny comedy on liberal television.  A lot of us grew up watching Saturday Night Live.  And laughed our asses off when Dan Aykroyd called Jane Curtain an ignorant slut on Point Counterpoint.  When poor Mr. Bill got squashed by Mr. Hand.  When Phil Hartman did Frank Sinatra in the Sinatra Group (I got chunks of guys like you in my stool).  Christopher Walken saying he needed more cowbell.  And so many more classic moments.  Over time, though, the show wasn’t as funny as it once was.  Especially for conservatives.

During the George W. Bush administration SNL was brutal.  They hated Bush.  And the writing showed it.  It was funny if you hated Bush, too.  But if you were a conservative you basically were insulted for 90 minutes of television.  And then there was Tina Fey.  And her Sarah Palin impersonation.  Where all the SNL viewers heard Fey say as Palin that she knew all about foreign policy because she could see Russia from her porch in Alaska.  Something Sarah Palin never said.  But the world believed she did after watching SNL.

Parody is one thing.  And SNL did it better than most.  With cast members like Phil Hartman, Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond giving us some of the most memorable impersonations.  But through the years those parodies got ruder and meaner when it came to skewering those on the right.  But treaded lightly when it came to those on the left.  It was really only in the last year that liberal late-night television made fun of President Obama.  Causing those on the right to laugh their asses off.  Because for once liberals are not mean and rude but truly funny.  For it no doubt pains them to even lampoon those on the left.  And they only will do it when the comic material is just too good to pass up.  Unlike their attacks on the right.  Where Jon Stewart on The Daily Show calls those on the right the most vulgar of names.  While his audience laughs their asses off.  Just as if some kid called their teacher a poopy head.

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Robin Williams does NOT mention Costar Sarah Michelle Gellar on The Daily Show

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 13th, 2013

Week in Review

Robin Williams appeared on The Daily Show recently.  He has a new television show.  The Crazy Ones.  Jon Stewart and Robin Williams had a humorous interview.  They chatted about a lot of things.  But one thing he did not mention was his costar.  The reason why I watched the show.  Sarah Michelle Gellar.  Yes, Buffy.  The vampire slayer.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a pretty blonde girl in high school.  Who lived in Sunnydale, California.  Located atop a hell mouth.  Filling the city with demons and vampires killing innocent people.  Now what made this show so great is that the pretty young blonde girl, who the demons and vampires chase and kill in your typical demon/vampire movie, is the one chasing and killing the demons and vampires.  She’s the one saving everyone else.  She’s the strong one.  The champion.  The one you run to in times of danger.  And she does it with some great comedic timing to boot.  Which is why everyone fell in love with Buffy.  As everyone wanted someone as great as that in their life.  And Sarah Michelle Gellar did such a great job in bringing Buffy to life.

Which is why legions of fans will watch whatever she stars in.  Even if it’s crap.  Because they want to see her play another strong woman.  Especially one as funny and witty as Buffy.  The Crazy Ones may not be the show they were waiting for.  But they will take it.  No matter how annoying Williams can get.  And he can get annoying if you’re not a fan of his kind of humor.  Yet with legions of Buffy fans no doubt tuning in to see Gellar her costar, Robin Williams, did not mention her on The Daily Show.  Even CBS does not mention her when talking about how The Crazy Ones is a winner (see WINNER: “The Crazy Ones” (CBS)).

Better news for CBS: Robin Williams is soundly winning the Thursday night nostalgia war against Michael J. Fox, with his new ad-man sitcom standing as TV’s top-rated new series in total viewers. Sure, it helps that ratings behemoth “The Big Bang Theory” gets things started at 8 p.m., but “Crazy Ones” still pulled in over 11 million viewers last week with a weaker lead-in from “The Millers.” Expect a full-season order soon… and many more wacky boardroom antics from Williams.

Gellar just can’t get any respect.  Which is a pity because without her I doubt as many people would be tuning in.  I wouldn’t.  And I can’t be the only one.  So what is it with everyone ignoring Gellar?  Perhaps they just don’t like strong women.

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Job Stewart called the Lying Kathleen Sebelius a Liar

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 13th, 2013

Week in Review

Young people get more of their news from The Daily Show than they do from Fox News.  And no wonder.  Jon Stewart is funny.  Witty.  Smart.  And he has some of the best writers working in television.  But he doesn’t understand economics.  All he knows is the Keynesian nonsense he was taught by schools interested in empowering the state.  For that’s all they teach now.  They don’t teach the Austrian school.  The Chicago school.  Not even the classical economics that made the United States the number one economic power in the world.  Which is probably why Stewart believes the government is good and righteous.  There to help people.  And not make a ruling class.  Like governments everywhere use Keynesian economics to do.

So Stewart may be ignorant about things economic.  But he has integrity.  Which is why he called Kathleen Sebelius a liar (see Jon Stewart accuses Kathleen Sebelius of lying to him about Obamacare by Jamie Weinstein posted 10/8/2013 on The Daily Caller).

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius likely thought her interview with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” Monday night would be an easy setting to pitch the Obamacare exchanges to young people. Instead, she ended up getting accused of being a liar by the popular comedy host.

During his interview with Sebelius, Stewart repeatedly sought an answer from the secretary on why big businesses got a delay in their Obamacare mandate to provide affordable health insurance to their employees, while individuals did not get a delay in their Obamacare mandate making them purchase health care or face a penalty.

In a rare monologue at the end of the show, Stewart said he remained confused and that he suspected that the secretary may have been lying to him.

Stewart is a card-carrying liberal.  He wants to support Obamacare.  He wants to believe everything the government says.  But he’s smart.  He sees what’s going on.  And he sees the unfairness of Obamacare in regard to the mandates.  Even during the interview he said the administration was making it difficult for people like him to support them.  Which is why he called Sebelius a liar.  Even though it was painful to do.

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Al Gore’s Liberal Current TV about to go the way of Liberal Air America Radio

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 24th, 2012

Week in Review

Things don’t look good for Al Gore’s television network.  They have lost so many viewers that their cable company may drop his channel (see 10 Brands That Will Disappear in 2013 by Douglas A. McIntyre, 24/7 Wall St, posted 4/21/2012 on Yahoo! Finance).

Each year, 24/7 Wall St. identifies 10 important American brands that we predict will disappear within a year. This year’s list reflects the brutally competitive nature of certain industries and the reason why companies cannot afford to fall behind in efficiency, innovation or financing…

Al Gore’s Current TV was on life support even before it fired its only bankable star, Keith Olbermann, in March following a set of battles with the host over his perks. He was replaced by serial talk show host failure Eliot Spitzer. Compared to Olbermann’s March figures, Spitzer’s ratings in April were down nearly 70%, according to TV audience measurement firm Nielsen. At the time, The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Replacement Eliot Spitzer pulled an anemic 47,000 total viewers in the first outing of Viewpoint, with just 10,000 among adults 25-54. The weeks since saw an early rebound, particularly in the demo, but in its four weeks on air Viewpoint has steadily declined in both respects.” Reuters recently reported that Current TV’s audience had fallen enough that cable giant Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) may have the right to discontinue carrying the channel. The closest Current TV has to a star is talk show veteran Joy Behar, a former cast member of “The View,” who had her own show canceled by CNN’s HLN in November. Gore does not have the pockets to keep a network with no future going.

Current TV will fail for the same reason Air America Radio failed.  Liberals just aren’t deep thinkers.  They’ll watch The Daily Show and The Colbert Report because they are funny.  They’re entertaining.  They make fun of conservatives.  And they’re each on only for one half hour a day, 4 days a week.  They’ll watch these shows to learn what’s in the news.  Because the network news isn’t as funny or as entertaining.

Now contrast this with conservative talk radio.  Which with Air America gone is pretty much all of talk radio.  Why does conservative talk radio succeed when liberal talk radio does not?  Because conservatives are older.  More grown up.  And are interested more in the issues than being entertained.  That is, conservatives are deep thinkers.  A lot of them are because they’re married and trying to raise a family.  So those things the younger liberals aren’t interested in – economics, monetary policy, fiscal policy, foreign policy – greatly interest conservatives.  Because these things impact their lives daily.  Especially when they have the checkbook out.  While college students are more interested in knowing where the good parties are.

It is rather ironic that the very thing liberals use to attract their liberal base is the reason they can’t get them to listen to or watch their programs.  They have sold the welfare state to their liberal base in lieu of rugged individualism.  Basically telling them, “Don’t worry.  We’re here to take care of you.”  So they have.  They trust in government completely.  And enjoy being young.  Not worrying about the issues of the day.  Because government is there to take care of them.

And then there is the population breakdown.  About 40% of the people call themselves conservative.  While only about 20% call themselves liberal.  So they’re playing to a smaller audience to begin with.  And that other 40%?  Independents and moderates who don’t much like politics to begin with.  Their party affiliation, or lack thereof, suggests they may tune into The Daily Show or The Colbert Report because they’re entertaining.  But they’re probably not going to be policy wonks and tune into any hardcore political program.  Because they’re comfortable in the center.  And that’s just not where Air America was or where Current TV is.  Or conservative talk radio for that matter.

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LESSONS LEARNED #30: “Liberal talk radio is not successful because liberals are not deep thinkers.” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 9th, 2010

CENSORSHIP BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL CENSORSHIP

When an oppressive, totalitarian regime seizes power, they shut down the radio and television stations.  It’s at the top of their ‘to do’ list.  Because it’s the fastest media.  Then they turn to the newspapers.  Once they control the content they open for business again.  We call it censorship.  The people only hear what they want the people to hear.  And they kill/imprison those who persist in trying to distribute anything other than the state’s propaganda. 

When you control the media, you can tell any lie.  You can report the state has increased food protection while millions die from famine.  You can report the great economic success of the Five Year Plan while people wait in lines for hours to get their rations of soap and toilet paper.  You can report the success of your Keynesian economic policies while record numbers of people go unemployed.  If you have control of the media you can tell any lie.  And prevent the telling of any truth.

When government pursues policies that are not popular, the telling of lies and the controlling of truths becomes policy.  Enter the Fairness Doctrine.  JFK used it to muzzle the Right when they debated the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.  LBJ used it to muzzle conservative radio stations (who were attacking his Great Society policies, not the Vietnam War).  Nixon tried to use it to silence his enemies (it doesn’t work, though, when your enemies are liberal media outlets). 

Ronald Reagan, a supporter of First Amendment rights, revoked the doctrine during his administration.  And the Left has been trying to bring it back ever since.  (They even want to extend it to the Internet – another medium the Left does not control.  But that’s another story for another time.)

FAIR IS NOT FAIR

The liberals say it’s not fair that a Rush Limbaugh can go on the air for 3 hours a day 5 days a week without an opposing viewpoint to ‘balance’ his views.  Bill Clinton said it’s not fair because there is no ‘truth detector’ to separate fact from fiction (he said that before he was impeached for perjury).  When they talk about ‘fairness’ it’s code for censorship.  What they want is to silence these alternate viewpoints. 

If you want to talk about being fair, let’s be fair.  Do conservatives have an unfair advantage in media?   The Culture and Media Institute (a Division of the Media Research Center) published a special report for the Media Research Center titled Unmasking the Myths Behind the Fairness Doctrine.  It’s 30 pages but well worth your time in reading it.  On page 5 of this report they cite audience reach and circulation statistics for the top 5 sources of information liberals and conservatives use:

Broadcast TV news, millions/day   Liberal  42.1     Conservative  0.0
Top 25 newspapers, millions/day   Liberal  11.7     Conservative  1.3
Cable TV news, millions/month     Liberal 182.8     Conservative 61.6
Top talk radio, millions/week         Liberal  24.5     Conservative 87.0
Newsweeklies, millions/week        Liberal   8.5      Conservative  0.0

When you look at these numbers, you see a dominance of liberal sources.  In fact, talk radio is the only source in the list where conservatives make up a larger percentage of the audience than liberals.  And yet talk radio is the only source that liberals cite as needing a fairness doctrine.  What does that tell you?  The only bias that exists in the media is against conservatives.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Air America, the all-liberal national radio network (now there’s fairness), went belly up.  Chapter 7 (liquidation).  They tried Chapter 11 (reorganization) earlier but the reorganized business couldn’t make any money either.  By contrast, Rush Limbaugh has been on the air since the late 1980s.  And, according to him, he has never had a down year or had to lay off a single employee.  Why?

Radio is free.  To us.  The listeners.  Others pay so we can listen free.  Advertisers.  Do they do this out of altruism?  No.  They do it out of greed.  They advertise to increase their sales revenue.  It’s a win-win.  They promote their products and services.  We listen for free.  And broadcasters make enough money to cover their bills and earn a profit.  (Well, I guess that’s more of a win-win-win.  There’re three winners.  But I belabor the point.)  It’s really a simple formula.  There’s only one catch.  Advertisers only want to advertise where people are actually listening.

And that was the problem with Air America.  No one was listening.  Weak ratings equal weak advertising sales.  Liberals can exist in the realm of National Public Radio (publicly funded no matter how few people listen), but if their revenue is tied to their popularity, they’re screwed. 

LIKE READING BOOKS

FOX paired liberal Alan Colmes with conservative Sean Hannity on Hannity and Colmes.  The show had a successful run.  Sean Hannity still has that timeslot.  Alone.  As well as the #2 radio program behind Rush Limbaugh.  Colmes has not gone on to such bigger or better things.

Colmes blamed the failure of Air America on unfair treatment.  The conservatives got the best stations and time slots.  So Air America never had a chance.  Despite having big on-air talent like Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo.  But it wasn’t unfair treatment that favored conservatives.  It was advertising revenue that favored conservatives.  If the liberals could have delivered the ratings conservatives did, they’d be on the best stations in the best time slots.  But they couldn’t.  So they weren’t.

Liberals like to be entertained.  They’ll tune into SNL and The Daily Show.  For they love a good personal attack on a conservative.  They’ll watch the network news that is full of entertainment news.  They’ll buy The New York Times and read the Arts section.  They’ll tune in and listen to the shock jocks on FM and satellite radio. But they don’t like thinking about serious issues.  To them listening to talk radio is like reading a book.  And where’s the fun in that?

FARTS ARE FUNNY

Liberal talk radio will never have the numbers conservative talk radio has.  Not in a center-right country.  The intelligentsia (liberals in the media, college professors, etc.) is a very small minority.  The other liberals are just children who haven’t grown up yet.  And how many children do you know that eat their vegetables?  Wash behind their ears?  Read a book?  Or engage in deep, philosophical thought?  I don’t know any.  The kids I know think fart jokes are funny.  Think about that the next time someone laughs at a fart joke on TV.  I’ll bet you it’s a child that’s laughing.  Or a liberal.

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