Monday, November 20, 2006

Fox News to produce right-wing news satire show

Something tells me this is an idea that's destined to go the way of "The New Coke".

Fox News has its own version of the Daily Show in the works. Like the Daily Show, the yet-to-be-named Fox show will satirize current news events and skewer idiot politicians for laughs, only from a conservative point of view.

Fox must not be very far along in the production or they would have encountered One Small Problem: most of the ridicule-worthy idiocy being done lately is being done by conservatives. Come to think of it, are there any liberals who even come close to being as joke-worthy as the circus of clowns that call themselves "conservatives" these days? Who's the left-wing counterpart of George W? Dick Cheney? Rumsfeld? Falwell, Foley, Haggard, Rove...etc. etc.? The list is as endless as their antics. One of the things that makes conservatives such great fodder for ridicule is their holier-than-thou self-righteousness and hypocrisy. It's hard not to laugh when they're found joyfully, but stealthily, engaging in the very things they publicly oppose. Again and again and again. And while one might posit that, say, Michael Moore and Al Franken could be the liberal counterparts of Limbaugh and O'Reilly, Moore and Franken would laugh along with everyone else at any jokes made at their expense. Which is another thing that makes conservatives such great targets: they take themselves way too seriously.

I doubt if this show can be sustained by non-stop replaying of "the Dean Scream" and Bill Clinton BJ jokes. And while Fox may be able to dig up a liberal who's choked on a pretzel, I doubt they'll find one who's shot an old man in the face while on a drunken hunting spree. Besides, isn't Fox News already pretty close to being satire?

(via Think Progress)