After almost three weeks of what many are calling the Writers Guild Strike or Lemmings 2007, it's become obvious that the strike is not about money. Never has been. Producers have plenty. Have you ever seen the prices at the Ivy or heard of a producer turning down the collision damage waiver on a car rental? For Godsakes, Sumner, it's covered in your personal auto insurance policy! Why the fruck would you pay again for something you already have unless you have money growing out of your mixed-metaphored ass?
Producers could pay writers their fair share of Internet and DVD monies and they still wouldn't have to check the price for undercoating on their next Bentley or whether one more Monet would be tacky.
It's got to be that the so-called Hollywood Left Loons are actually in the pocket of the Fox so-called News.
"Can you make it 10% funnier" is now, "can you make it 51 % conservative" or is it conservativer?
It's not about money or Monet. It's about pulling anything that tests the public's ability to reason words and thoughts.
If not for non-scripted, Conservative television, would Bill Kristol ever be allowed within ten miles of another opinion? The guy hasn't got anything right since...well, I don't know if he's ever gotten anything right, but every week, there he is, smirking his conviction that more dead US soldiers are still a great idea. Absurd, but far from funny.
Apologies to Keith Olbermann, but Jon Stewart and his writers can deliver more political truth in the context of a one-liner than three hours a day with Bill O'Reilly.
Whether the Jonathan be Stewart or Swift, effective satire in the hands of the today's television best like Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher cuts to the quick, stripping the thin veneer of bullshit and exposing the absurdity that comes from those of supposed authority.
This isn't to say the Right doesn't provide grist for the satirical mill. It's just that their grist doesn't seem to grasp how to churn out the humor their own mill turns out. Think the Half-Hour Comedy Hour, but only for as long as you have to. Placing the Judith "Right Wing Books A Mundo" Regan in a war against Rupert Murdoch (who set her up with her own imprint at Harper Collins) and Fox, where we can find many of the right-wing authors she has published (Hannity, Gibson and frequent guest Boortz), would have a network with any sense of irony creaming over the possibilities. At Fox News we're left with Dennis Miller to find the funny. I said, Dennis Miller and funny. See, now that's ironic.
The Power of Satire (in caps to make it easier for my literary agent to sell the book...maybe to Judith Regan) in the hands of the Left is deadly ammunition in the war against the insanity of this White House. That isn't to say that the satirists have not targeted those to the left of Limbaugh. The powerful of either party are always in the satirist's cross-hairs. But it is in protecting the Right that most benefits from draining the ink from the WGA's pens. And for that matter, keeping them quiet for as long as possible.
Fact is, the strike has taken away The Daily Show, Real Time and The Colbert Report and left us with The Factor and Entertainment Tonight.
Tell me that isn't an attempt to dumb down the Folks™.
Question is, which is more credible, the Daily Show (even off the air) or Fox News (anywhair)?
You make the choice...
or Fox News