What should we discern about journalism and comedy truth?
The Chicago Tribune article titled: When will it be safe to satirize Biden, reported the following statement:
“Journalism and comedy aren’t the same thing, but they do overlap. Both require skepticism about the way things are, about people in power, about the binding power of conventional wisdom.”
Wikipedia – Conventional Wisdom
“Conventional wisdom is not necessarily true.”
Satire Definition – Merriam Webster
1: a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn
2: trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate an ancient proverb, writers of a play and quote, and my personal opinion to help discern the keywords to the simple truth to answer this conundrum.
A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives. (Proverb 29:2)
What’s My Point?
In ancient times, anyone who satirized a King could easily forfeit their lives in numerous ways like being beheaded, staked, etc. etc.
In our Democrat Republic, our founders First Amendment provide free speech as a basic Right which opened the door for politicians or voters to express their opinions about their opponents for voters to choose to believe them even though it may or may not be the truth.
The writer of the play, Marriage of Figaro portrayed a denunciation of aristocratic privilege has been characterized by historians as foreshadowing the French Revolution.
“The writer of this quote “Many a truth was said in jest” can be related to satire.”
My point is the need to discern if the satire is based on truth or was there is a deliberated plan involved to use satire to promote an agenda.
Or in other words, what two words provides the clue to the answer why when President Trump was in power, he was a weekly target of satire on SNL, daily in news media. However, according to the Chicago Tribune writer, .so far, Biden has proved “impregnable” to the impressionists and comedy writers at “Saturday Night Live.”
In My Opinion
The answer is simple. The two words clue is Trump was not “THEIR GUY.”
In other words, Trump was hated by the those in power who for a number of reasons, other than personal dislike,, was mainly because of power taken away from “their guys” to remain in power and provide means to profit monetarily or politically.
Now that “their guy” is in power, so far, the agenda has changed on SNL and the news media’s agenda.
Read the Source Links below.
Do you believe SNL will ever determine “When will it be safe to satirize Biden?” so long as he remains: “Their Guy?”
Or, if the jesters don’t jest, does that mean we should discern there is a power agenda to cover for “Their Guy?”
Or if the jesters do begin to jest, does that mean that the conventional wisdom or the truth is President Biden is no longer “Their Guy?”
Does this post make you wonder about conventional wisdom article of the real power behind the President is Joe Biden. Or, perhaps in truth there are “other guys” in journalism and comedy with an agenda along with the power and control to attack free speech in the USA?
Regards and goodwill blogging
Chicago Tribune March 15, 2021
Wikipedia – Conventional Wisdom
Wikipedia – The Marriage of Figaro
Origin of Many a Truth is Said in Jest