The latest conservative Daily Show wannabe, B.S. of A from Glenn Beck's online TV channel, follows a lengthy list of failure in the right's attempt to mint a Jon Stewart of their own. Though host Brian Sack insists his show is nothing like Jon Stewart's satire, the show is an attempt to deliver humor to a conservative audience and sure looks a lot like Comedy Central's offering, mock news format and all. Sack isn't the first to try translating Stewart's success to the right, and we're guessing he won't be the last either.
Back in 2007, Fox News offered the first Daily Show knock of, The 1/2 Hour News Hour which was a mock news program, complete with anchors "Jennifer Lange" and "Kent McNally" (real names: Jenn Robertson and Kurt Long) sitting at an oval desk reading news. Just like Stewart. Except according to critics it was not very funny. The Chicago Tribune called the humor "stale" and the Philadelphia Inquirer said it was "slow torture all by itself" and The New York Times called it a self-parody. Decide for yourself, it is pretty painful.
Although the show debuted to 1,478,000 viewers in March of 2008. After less than year it was canceled and replaced with the current program Red Eye, also a comedy program, but sans mock news format.