So begins Al Franken's diatribe: Lies, and the lying liars who tell them--A fair and balanced look at the right.
It occurred to me the other day that the most visible proponents of the liberal viewpoint in the US tend to be comedians (Jon Stewart, Janeane Garofalo, Al Franken), while those for the right tend to be journalists--or at least quasi-journalists (Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Chris Matthews). Why is that? Is it that the innate perceptiveness and insight of comedians leads them to adopt a liberal moral framework? Does the bleating of right-wing journalists appeal more to a like-minded audience than that of liberals to their audience? Are liberal audiences not serious-minded enough to watch or listen to liberal journalists? Would they rather just watch someone funny? I don't know. Maybe you can tell me.