Biased Media Double Standards Illustrated: It’s been said that to the media, everything Trump does is wrong, bad and evil, to the point that if he walked across the waters of the Potomac River, the headlines would read, “Trump Can’t Swim!” Now, compare that to this fawning story from the New York Times about Joe Biden. He’s gone over two whole weeks without blurting out anything horrifying, sticking his foot in his mouth or groping anybody! Talk about "presidential!" Okay, they admit he probably will make a fool of himself at some point…but he hasn’t! Not yet!
Commuters might want to avoid midtown Manhattan today; I hear the Times is organizing a parade for him.
If you missed Saturday’s episode of “Huckabee” on TBN, you missed what might be the best show we’ve ever aired, and you must go to www.Huckabee.tv to watch the interviews. Even if you did see it, you should still go watch them again because they are extended interviews with exclusive material we didn’t have time for on TV. It includes extra time with National Security Adviser John Bolton, sensible environmentalist Dr. Patrick Moore, and our special guest, comic icon Roseanne Barr (her exclusive extras include her reasons for why she ran for President in 2012, and they might sound surprisingly familiar to those of you who backed me in 2008 and 2016.)
I was happy to be able to give Roseanne a welcoming forum (and the studio audience loved her) because of the raw deal she got from ABC. Yes, she sent out a late-night tweet that offended people. But she explained that she was on Ambien at the time, she didn’t mean it to be taken as a racial slur, and she apologized profusely. It was obviously a mistake, but one that should have been dealt with, maybe through a suspension and a press tour to explain and show contrition; then allowing her some redemption and mercy and offering her forgiveness and a second chance. How many "second" chances has Alec Baldwin been given for far worse behavior?
Instead, she was fired from her own show (the highest-rated series of 2018 that was making a mint for ABC), and the cast who owe their careers to her broke her heart by turning their backs on her (the cast of “Empire” even stood behind Jussie Smollett, although it doesn’t seem to have done their show any good.)
The howling Twitter mobs even demanded that Roseanne’s classic series from the ‘80s be yanked from syndication, as if a 2019 tweet forever ruined shows people have been watching and laughing at for 30 years. And to their shame, the syndicators did yank it – even though it’s now back, airing up to three hours (six straight episodes) a day on cable, and again drawing big audiences. I haven't noticed that’s harmed race relations in any appreciable way.
When I asked Roseanne why Hollywood showed mercy and forgiveness to other stars who slipped but tried to destroy her, she was typically blunt: she said it was because she supported Trump.
I’m sure that’s true. Supporting Trump seems to be the one unforgivable sin in Sin City West. Out there, Harvey Weinstein will be forgiven before Roseanne is. You can do anything you want with your body, or other people’s, but your mind had better stay in lockstep with the left.
Roseanne is now out on her “Alive and Kicking” stand-up tour (you can find dates at www.RoseanneWorld.com ), and discovering, as she did at our show, that there are huge audiences who love her comedy and will turn out to support her, something you’d never imagine if you listened to the entertainment media. I checked out a review, and the critic started out by talking about whether she’d changed her material to appeal to Trump voters, and focused on anything she said that sounded patriotic as if it were unacceptable pandering to those horrible deplorables. But Roseanne has always been a champion of Middle American blue collar workers. If Trump voters relate to that, why aren’t they allowed to have even ONE comedian who speaks to their point of view?
The Democrats and their enablers in Hollywood and the news media have built their entire world on delusions: Trump isn’t a “legitimate” President (he’s native born, over 35 and won the Electoral College; that’s all it takes.) He colluded with Russia to “steal” the election from Hillary (his worst enemies spent two years and $35 million and couldn’t come up with a scrap of proof, yet they still believe it.) All of Trump’s voters are sexist, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic morons -- all 65 million of them. A child in the womb at 8-1/2 months isn’t a “baby.” But some hormone shots and surgery can turn a man into a 100% woman. And if a 3-year-old boy is confused about his gender, s/he/xe knows best so "it's a girl!"
And the two big showbiz delusions: Only Trump-hating leftists are allowed to be entertainers, and comedians are only allowed to express leftwing views because only leftist comics are funny. News flash: the #1 rated Trump-bashing “comedian,” Stephen Colbert, pulls 3 million viewers on a good night. Roseanne’s debut pulled 28 million, no doubt many of them Trump voters eager to see anyone represent them as something other than dumb, racist punching bags.
I’d encourage comedians who are scared to death of saying what they really think to stand up to the leftist Twitter censorship mobs. If you’re a comedian, then stand up for free speech. Lenny Bruce and George Carlin were considered comedy heroes for doing that back in the days when it just meant being profane. Now, it means not knuckling under to leftist delusions. It might get you blackballed from Stephen Colbert’s 3 million viewers, but I’ll bet you could make a pretty decent living performing for Donald Trump’s 63 million supporters. After nearly three years of one-sided PC lectures disguised as "comedy" I bet they’re pretty desperate to hear some genuinely funny jokes.
I try not to comment on everything that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says. It’s low-hanging fruit, and besides, I have some sympathy for today’s young people who have been taught more leftwing propaganda and self-esteem than knowledge. But her new claim that her warning that we’ll all be dead in 12 years if we don’t pass the “Green New Year” was only a joke sort of brings her into my wheelhouse.
I’ve been using humor to make political points for longer than she’s been on this poor, dying planet, and I feel that I must share with her the #1 rule of that tricky business:
"If nobody recognizes that your joke was even a joke, then the audience isn’t stupid. You told a bad joke."
She made the common mistake of the bombing comedian by insulting the audience for not “getting” her “dry humor” (say, doesn’t dry humor contribute to global warming?) rather than blaming her bad material. She snarked that Republicans who took her dire (but humorous) prediction that we’ll all be dead in 12 years (LOL!) seriously are like “Dwight from ‘The Office’” and “have the social intelligence of a sea sponge.” (Kudos on choosing “sea sponge;” at least that’s a funny-sounding name.)
But it’s hard to believe she was only joking when, as the linked article notes, on at least two separate occasions, she made equally disparaging remarks about anyone who treated her existential threat as a joke. I suspect that this latest claim is like the scene in “Young Frankenstein” where Gene Wilder locks himself in with the monster and says that no matter what terrible sounds anyone hears, they must not unlock the door. When he starts screaming in terror, they won’t open the door, and he yells, “I was JOKING!!! Don’t you people know a JOKE when you hear one?!!”
Poor AOC found herself trapped with her own Green New Deal Frankenstein monster and is trying the Gene Wilder defense to escape from it. I can understand that. I’d just offer her a little friendly advice: if you’re going to claim to be injecting humor into politics, try to offer proposals that people can tell apart from jokes. And try to tell jokes that people can recognize are meant to be funny. For help, I’d suggest watching “Young Frankenstein” a few dozen times.
Or better yet, AOC should check out this hilarious kid and see how comedy is done right:
Even the Washington Post fact-checker agrees that Sen. Cory Booker is wrong: Toy guns are not more regulated than real guns. The most astounding part of this story: that that would even require a fact-checker to know that it’s ridiculous.
Excellent article by Daryl Austin on whether the virulently anti-Trump people who believe every terrible thing ever said about him will ever get over their rage and stop attacking and ostracizing anyone who supported him (spoiler alert: likely not), and whether even some of the worst things said about him are really unique to him when you look at previous American leaders (not so much.)