A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle
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After the Las Vegas shooting, late night so called comedians offered up monologues that were big politics and small on humor. Now please don’t misunderstand this, I’m not saying that they shouldn’t be emotional and sadden by what happened, that’s totally understandable, as we all are upset and sad about what happened in Vegas.
But it’s the nights of their shows that are not post-tragedy that I wanna discuss. It doesn’t really matter what show you’re watching, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Seth Myers, and all the others, they’re all the same. Same mindset, same tone. Trump is awful, Republicans are idiots and conservative values are mocked. Their shows are no different from watching MSNBC or ESPN. It’s all politics, all time.
I’m too young to remember Johnny Carson, but I’ve heard from others that watched him for years that they never knew his politics, and that he made fun of both sides. Ditto Jay Leno, He would make fun of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
And that’s what was so great about those shows. They were fun. They were not serious. They would make fun of the President, but it was all in good fun. Leno and Carson were not full of anger and hate for the President or the other side.
They were there to entertain. Not to promote politics.
They were comedians, not politicians, and after a long day of job stress and politics, Americans needed a laugh and to kick back and relax, but now when you turn on late night TV, you don’t receive a laugh, you receive a political sermon.
In the tough times we are living in, Americans need a good laugh, and you’re not gonna find that on late night comedy TV.
I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.
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