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Political Satire: Beneficial or detrimental?
“The human race has one really effective weapon. And that is laughter,” was said by Mark Twain. Kelly Mcevers, host of NPR, National Public Radio, states that, “President-elect Trump lets it be known when he'd like something and when he doesn't. And he does not like the way Alec Baldwin plays him on ‘Saturday Night Live.” Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump “Siri... How do I kill ISIS?” The morning after this skit Trump tweeted that he had watched parts of the show and found it totally one-sided and biased and said there was nothing funny at all, but he should get used to it. Making fun of politicians is a time-honored tradition (Blair). Political satire is a part of satire that intends to expose and criticize foolishness, corruption and hypocrisy in politics. Political satire, unlike protests, only wants to make a mockery of politics. Political satire has been around for ages, in the United States it has been around since the colonial days where the founding fathers used it to spread propaganda against the British. It is still very prominent in today’s society, especially with the inclusion of social media to the platforms of entertainment and information. Political satire outlets have risen in popularity considerably in recent years. In fact, Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” and Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Report” were the two most-watched late night talk shows among 18- to 49-year-olds in the first quarter of 2013. “The Onion”, a
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