We Depend on Comedians to Ask the Questions Newscasters Won't
When the news media don’t do their job, comedians step in to ask the tough questions.
Truth slips through the cracks. Could anyone have imagined that when we had 24-hour news broadcasting, we’d actually be getting less news? Well, we are. With fatuous, reactionary, and pandering coverage from news media, they’re no longer reliable sources. Corporate ownership, competition, and their fear of losing access to newsworthy politicians make today’s journalists barely journalists at all.
Fortunately, we have comedians like Lizz Winstead, comedian and co-creator and former head writer of the Daily Show.
So we’ve learned to turn to the “fake news” of Last Week Tonight, The Daily Show, and The Nightly Show. Reality is so much more complex and challenging than what we see on the news that it helps if it’s at least funny. It's also important, Winstead notes, that sharing a laugh makes you feel less alone and crazy. So just watch how Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver is sure to slip in a broad, goofy joke just after each disturbing chunk of information.
No joke: Comics have stepped in before when media has failed at critical moments in the nation’s history. This may well be one of them.
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She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
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