Jokes, Cont.

Here's a discussion from over the weekend on the dearth of conservatives and comedy. One interesting insight is that there are actually quite a few comedians, who employ a conservative outlook. But there are very few who employ a conservative movement outlook. It's why Robin Harris can, on a dime, pivot from joking about the greatness of the death penalty, to joking about the stupidity of cops. Or Chris Rock can rail against the impeachment of Bill Clinton one moment, and then joke about black people who want "credit for what they're supposed to do" the next.


I thought of this, again, while watching this Chris Wallace/Jon Stewart entanglement. I don't think Wallace gets what Stewart means when he says he's a comedian first. Sure he's a liberal. And sure he voted for Obama. But he isn't the other side of Sean Hannity.

At any rate Stewart, again, shows himself to be damn smart. It's rather amazing that Wallace can't see how Fox is different than, say, The New York Times. Surely I am a liberal writer. But there's a direct relationship between the quality of my work, and the extent to which I become a liberal activist. 

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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