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  •  Bill Maher... (3+ / 0-)
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    Sylv, SouthernBelleNC49, regster

    ...jumped the shark years ago. The only reason O'Donnell and others book him as a guest is they think it will bring viewers. It's all show biz.

    I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

    by itsjim on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 07:19:24 AM PDT

    •  Indeed... (7+ / 0-)
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      johanus, Sylv, voroki, SuWho, bunsk, AnnieR, itsjim
      It's all show biz.

      Who is Bill Maher?  He is an entertainer.  The problems lies not with this or that pundit/comedian/newsreader, but that politics in our current system has been reduced to entertainment and nothing more.

      People now feign (or actually) stage campaigns to run for POTUS in order to increase their likability factor and improve their entertainment bottom line (Gingrich, Trump, Palin).  

      Don't let the fact that the best political commentary available is coming from two comedians mean that all comedians should do riveting political commentary.  That's placing the emphasis of the critique in the wrong place.

      The problem is that there is nothing beyond entertainment in contemporary political commentary and that the public has basically accepted the formula of "politics = entertainment" and given up expecting anything more from its political culture, politicians and political analysts combined.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 07:32:59 AM PDT

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