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(American Thinker)   Conservatives are bad at comedy, and it's all because of blacklisting that resulted from McCarthyism - but not the blacklisting you're thinking of   (americanthinker.com) divider line 443
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2013-12-27 01:08:59 PM
In retrospect, Block's greatest nationally inflicted harm was mocking America's response to Communism.  Only six weeks after Joseph McCarthy he had a list of known Communists, Block began a propaganda campaign that would change American history forever.   In a 1950 Washington Post , he officially mounted his campaign against McCarthy coining the term "McCarthyism."  The cartoon depicted Republican senators pushing an elephant towards buckets of tar representing a platform consisting of a smear campaign.

The concept that Joe McCarthy was a nut job on a witch hunt has been consistently taught to every generation since.


Truly, history's greatest monster.
 
2013-12-27 01:09:25 PM
How is it that leftist mockery of conservatives became a staple of popular culture?

Because conservatives make it so very, very easy?
 
2013-12-27 01:09:58 PM
TL;DR: Some political comic writer from half a century ago is the reason why conservatives aren't funny. I was skimming near the end since they started slathering on the derp pretty heavy about 2 or 3 paragraphs in.
 
2013-12-27 01:10:15 PM
What's this, American Stinker trying to revise history to ease the butthurt of progressivism?

Say it ain't so, Joe.
 
2013-12-27 01:10:50 PM
i44.tinypic.com
 
2013-12-27 01:12:17 PM
Jesus Christ, this asshole is actually defending McCarthyism.
 
2013-12-27 01:14:10 PM
Since I got here before the apologists --

Yes, the Soviet Union was a threat to the United States.

Yes, there were spies for the Soviets and other enemies, here in the U.S.

No, those two facts do not vindicate anything Joe McCarthy did. He didn't uncover a single damn threat, he didn't stop a single plot, he didn't catch a single spy. He was a self-aggrandizing alcoholic blowhard fearmonger, that's all. He made America worse by entering Public Service.
 
2013-12-27 01:15:43 PM

derpy: [i44.tinypic.com image 850x434]


not sure if herp, derp, or lurp.
 
2013-12-27 01:17:07 PM
Ah AT....always a source of the worst reasoning seen outside of pre-school.
 
2013-12-27 01:17:32 PM

SN1987a goes boom: Jesus Christ, this asshole is actually defending McCarthyism.


(insert picture of Ann Coulter standing at McCarthy's grave here)

(then insert snarky "That's a man, baby" comment)
 
2013-12-27 01:17:47 PM
That is one hell of a heap of derp.
 
2013-12-27 01:19:12 PM

phaseolus: Since I got here before the apologists --

Yes, the Soviet Union was a threat to the United States.

Yes, there were spies for the Soviets and other enemies, here in the U.S.

No, those two facts do not vindicate anything Joe McCarthy did. He didn't uncover a single damn threat, he didn't stop a single plot, he didn't catch a single spy. He was a self-aggrandizing alcoholic blowhard fearmonger, that's all. He made America worse by entering Public Service.


Today he would be offered a weekend show on Fox News after retiring from office.
 
2013-12-27 01:21:31 PM

derpy:


Holy farking shiat. Is that what passes for conservative humor?
 
2013-12-27 01:21:34 PM

phaseolus: No, those two facts do not vindicate anything Joe McCarthy did. He didn't uncover a single damn threat, he didn't stop a single plot, he didn't catch a single spy. He was a self-aggrandizing alcoholic morphine-addicted blowhard fearmonger, that's all. He made America worse by entering Public Service.


Fixed.
 
2013-12-27 01:23:53 PM

clancifer: phaseolus: Since I got here before the apologists --

Yes, the Soviet Union was a threat to the United States.

Yes, there were spies for the Soviets and other enemies, here in the U.S.

No, those two facts do not vindicate anything Joe McCarthy did. He didn't uncover a single damn threat, he didn't stop a single plot, he didn't catch a single spy. He was a self-aggrandizing alcoholic blowhard fearmonger, that's all. He made America worse by entering Public Service.

Today he would be offered a weekend show on Fox News after retiring from office.


McCarthy would be considered too liberal by Fox standards.
 
2013-12-27 01:25:15 PM

timujin: How is it that leftist mockery of conservatives became a staple of popular culture?

Because conservatives make it so very, very easy?


My theory is conservatives are all ultra-subs in the BSDM community. They LOVE getting stomped on, sodomized, forced into things, and generally humiliated.
 
2013-12-27 01:25:37 PM
PARTY OF PERSONAL RESPONISIBILITY comedy?
 
2013-12-27 01:27:27 PM
I sure found those comments to be hilarious
 
2013-12-27 01:28:15 PM
img.photobucket.com

ROFL, I say.  ROFLMAO.
 
2013-12-27 01:28:41 PM
And this has nothing to do with the conservatives in the U.shiatching their cart to the most humorless, pretentious, and self-righteous factions in U.S. politics?

And McCarthy was a traitor.  He was right about the KGB pulling the strings of many people in the U.S., but by failing in due diligence, and persecuting people without proper investigation, he provided what amounts to cover for all the communists he missed.  Once HUAC died out, all a communist had to do was cry "McCarthyism!" and they would walk.  Kind of like what Michele Bachmann did with her shrill and unfounded attacks against Huma Abedin.  Now a real infiltrator only has to raise this and everyone will be embarrassed for saying anything.
 
2013-12-27 01:29:59 PM

Laobaojun: And this has nothing to do with the conservatives in the U.shiatching

*hitching (I've had better days) their cart to the most humorless, pretentious, and self-righteous factions in U.S. politics?

And McCarthy was a traitor.  He was right about the KGB pulling the strings of many people in the U.S., but by failing in due diligence, and persecuting people without proper investigation, he provided what amounts to cover for all the communists he missed.  Once HUAC died out, all a communist had to do was cry "McCarthyism!" and they would walk.  Kind of like what Michele Bachmann did with her shrill and unfounded attacks against Huma Abedin.  Now a real infiltrator only has to raise this and everyone will be embarrassed for saying anything.
 
2013-12-27 01:30:12 PM
So conservatives were double-secretly blacklisted from the entertainment industry as a reaction to openly blacklisting liberals.

The convoluted logic here is giving me a stroke.  I don't even know where to begin.  There is so much fail in that article it might rip a hole in space-time.
 
2013-12-27 01:30:50 PM
Political cartoons aren't traditional comedy.  Obama has been the butt of his fair share of political cartoons with the way the NSA scandal has been going, along with all the governmental strife going on.  They're a different animal than Jon Stewart or Dennis Miller ranting on some opposite spectrum crap for ratings
 
2013-12-27 01:31:12 PM

phaseolus: Since I got here before the apologists --

Yes, the Soviet Union was a threat to the United States.

Yes, there were spies for the Soviets and other enemies, here in the U.S.

No, those two facts do not vindicate anything Joe McCarthy did. He didn't uncover a single damn threat, he didn't stop a single plot, he didn't catch a single spy. He was a self-aggrandizing alcoholic blowhard fearmonger, that's all. He made America worse by entering Public Service.


He did manage to get a few actors to commit suicide, so there's that.

Also Reagan wouldn't have nearly the political connections if he had not worked with McCarthy by feeding names of suspect Communists and other undesirables to be investigated, so we can thanik him for the Greatest President ever.
 
2013-12-27 01:31:39 PM
Yeah McCarthy was awesome. ...

This is why we can't have nice things.
 
2013-12-27 01:31:53 PM
Ah yes, after the Town Hall earlier today, I told my co-worker the only thing we were missing was an American Potato thread.  Mission accomplished, subby.

i1284.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-27 01:31:53 PM
Conservative humour:

Mrs. Farkerfaster: Johnny, it's time for dinner! Say goodbye to your girlfriend and come home right now!

Johnny Farkerfaster: Aw, Mom!

Mrs. Farkerfaster: Johnny Farkerfaster!

Jonny Farkerfaster: OK Mom, I'll be home in a minute.
 
2013-12-27 01:32:24 PM

phaseolus: Since I got here before the apologists --

Yes, the Soviet Union was a threat to the United States.

Yes, there were spies for the Soviets and other enemies, here in the U.S.

No, those two facts do not vindicate anything Joe McCarthy did. He didn't uncover a single damn threat, he didn't stop a single plot, he didn't catch a single spy. He was a self-aggrandizing alcoholic blowhard fearmonger, that's all. He made America worse by entering Public Service.


You clearly haven't read any of Ann Coulter's books.
 
2013-12-27 01:34:56 PM
Empathy is the heart of comedy.

That's why conservatives are bad at comedy.
 
2013-12-27 01:35:08 PM

Onagarf: That is one hell of a heap of derp.


Gotta get it all out there.  New 2014 derp models are due in any day and they need the room on the lot.
 
2013-12-27 01:35:11 PM
Conservative humor is at once sexist, racist, insensitive, and mean-spirited. It relies on appealing to all our base instincts without the gentle self-effacing that comedy can bring.

Look at a political comedy program like The Daily Show. Even when it pokes fun at its "own team," it does it in a way that is tactful and funny.

Then look at a conservative comedian. The punchline will invariably be "har harr aren't liberals effeminate little f*gs?"
 
2013-12-27 01:35:12 PM
I have never heard a defender of McCarthy explain what the basis of said list was and how that reflected his allegations.
/hint: Based on his later statements we know where he got it.
//It was a list of State Department employees who were recommended against hiring based on the initial background check but were ultimately hired; not a list of members of the Communist Party or suspected spies, but a list of people who got hired based on subsequent interviews and checks.
 
2013-12-27 01:36:59 PM
I actually disagree. The conservatives of today are very GOOD at humor.  And it's so funny precisely because they're being as serious as possible.
 
2013-12-27 01:37:57 PM
www.thismodernworld.com
 
2013-12-27 01:38:43 PM

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Ah yes, after the Town Hall earlier today, I told my co-worker the only thing we were missing was an American Potato thread.  Mission accomplished, subby.

[i1284.photobucket.com image 420x270]


I never liked that picture, mainly because it links something awesome(Strax) with something retarded(AT).

/I'm the clever one, you're the potato one
//I'm gonna go play with my grenades
///damn moonites
 
2013-12-27 01:39:33 PM
Conservative humor:

What's worse than the holocaust?

Women's rights.
 
2013-12-27 01:40:11 PM

Obama's Reptiloid Master: Conservative humor is at once sexist, racist, insensitive, and mean-spirited. It relies on appealing to all our base instincts without the gentle self-effacing that comedy can bring.

Look at a political comedy program like The Daily Show. Even when it pokes fun at its "own team," it does it in a way that is tactful and funny.

Then look at a conservative comedian. The punchline will invariably be "har harr aren't liberals effeminate little f*gs?"


Humor is all about poking fun at authority.  Which doesn't work well with Conservatives - which is all about worshiping authority.
 
2013-12-27 01:40:14 PM

Obama's Reptiloid Master: Conservative humor is at once sexist, racist, insensitive, and mean-spirited. It relies on appealing to all our base instincts without the gentle self-effacing that comedy can bring.

Look at a political comedy program like The Daily Show. Even when it pokes fun at its "own team," it does it in a way that is tactful and funny.

Then look at a conservative comedian. The punchline will invariably be "har harr aren't liberals effeminate little f*gs?"



But our shenanigans are cheeky and fun
And their shenanigans are cruel and tragic
 
2013-12-27 01:44:49 PM
The interesting thing about mccarthyism is that it actually worked. For every sympathiser blacklisted, there were many others who continued to work but made sure to keep their shiat clean.
 
2013-12-27 01:45:22 PM

EvilEgg: Obama's Reptiloid Master: Conservative humor is at once sexist, racist, insensitive, and mean-spirited. It relies on appealing to all our base instincts without the gentle self-effacing that comedy can bring.

Look at a political comedy program like The Daily Show. Even when it pokes fun at its "own team," it does it in a way that is tactful and funny.

Then look at a conservative comedian. The punchline will invariably be "har harr aren't liberals effeminate little f*gs?"


But our shenanigans are cheeky and fun
And their shenanigans are cruel and tragic


www.quickmeme.com
 
2013-12-27 01:45:25 PM
The destruction of Sarah Palin by condescending interviewer Katie Couric, and comedian-with-an-agenda Tina Fey, was a prime example. A shocking number of people still believe Palin said, "I can see Russia from my house."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGSJCDw3ZBw&noredirect=1

So, no, she didn't say "I can see Russia from my house"... but, the intention of the joke is pretty close to what she really DID say, and the point of the joke statement is "So what Sarah? And your point is what as far as how that makes you qualified for anything?".

But, that and things Katie Couric ask are "gotcha" questions.... ok, gotcha.
 
2013-12-27 01:46:21 PM

EvilEgg: Obama's Reptiloid Master: Conservative humor is at once sexist, racist, insensitive, and mean-spirited. It relies on appealing to all our base instincts without the gentle self-effacing that comedy can bring.

Look at a political comedy program like The Daily Show. Even when it pokes fun at its "own team," it does it in a way that is tactful and funny.

Then look at a conservative comedian. The punchline will invariably be "har harr aren't liberals effeminate little f*gs?"


But our shenanigans are cheeky and fun
And their shenanigans are cruel and tragic


Guns don't pistol whip people....people who can't stand hearing the word "shenanigans" pistol whip people.
 
2013-12-27 01:47:29 PM
Because entertainment companies would leave a huge pile of money uncollected just to deny the most mythical of beasts -- the hilarious conservative -- a career.

If Kim Jong Un was able to create the next "Friends" he'd have a contract in his hands faster than you can make Pyongyang Rock Soup.
 
2013-12-27 01:48:27 PM
Also, to anyone surprised at the apologetics for McCarthy, remember something. One of the most popular new books this year was an argument that McCarthy did not go far enough to battle a White House being run by the Kremlin during the FDR and Truman Administrations.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/ronald-radosh/mccarthy-on-steroids/

^Link goes to a right-wing magazine, but it's a takedown of the book as ridiculous.^
 
2013-12-27 01:48:59 PM
The destruction of Sarah Palin by condescending interviewer Katie Couric,

Liberals are bullies, with their follow up questions!
 
2013-12-27 01:48:59 PM
Among cable news ratings, unabashedly liberal news channels MSNBC and CNN fair abominably compared to the self-professed, "fair and balanced" Fox News.

And now you get to be mocked for something else!
 
2013-12-27 01:49:06 PM
I don't understand why conservatives are still defending McCarthy after it was revealed that the dude was gay.
 
2013-12-27 01:50:02 PM
I agree with everything everyone else is saying about the author, Joe McCarthy, and the origins of conservative un-funniness, but would like to point out one more issue. In the third paragraph, the author states:

"Born (not surprisingly) in Chicago, with a father and brother also involved in the newspaper business..."

Why is it unsurprising for a political liberal to be born in Chicago? Why go out of your way to say something snarky about Chicago? In point of fact, these folks take every opportunity to display their contempt for the cities (and by extension, their people) of Chicago, Boston, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. There is nowhere worse on the face of the earth you can call home, apparently. And so, at a stroke, the right wing has written off the votes of 16.5 million people, 1/20th of the country's population. Now, maybe you can win election without those votes, although the repubs haven't had much luck with that lately, but why would you even try? Why go out of your way to deliberately insult a huge demographic like that? I don't know, but it's an issue that keeps cropping up on the right wing. They'd rather feel righteous, superior and smug than, you know, actually win elections.

Here's another example: I get my hair cut at a barbershop in Harvard Square, at the venerable La Flamme Barbershop on Dunster Street. Just after the last election I was there getting my hair cut by the owner, an elderly Greek man. I asked him for whom he had voted in the presidential race and he answered, Obama. I asked, really? Why not Romney? and he answered "Romney has no respect for the Greeks. All the time, he says if we keep doing things this way, the country will end up like Greece. We will be terrible, a disaster, like Greece. I do not think this man likes Greeks." So there you have it. Romney lost the Greek vote, threw it away, because he couldn't resist ripping on the Sick Man of Europe to illustrate his smug moral superiority. Would the Greek vote have won him the election? Probably not, but it's illustrative of an essential element in the conservative mindset, the same impulse that caused Romney to write off the votes of 47% of the electorate.

Incidentally, I asked the barber if he had ever cut Romney's hair and he said "Oh, yes, Obama's too." I asked who was the better tipper and he said "Obama always tipped very nicely. Romney was a terrible tipper."
 
2013-12-27 01:50:16 PM

dletter: The destruction of Sarah Palin by condescending interviewer Katie Couric, and comedian-with-an-agenda Tina Fey, was a prime example. A shocking number of people still believe Palin said, "I can see Russia from my house."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGSJCDw3ZBw&noredirect=1

So, no, she didn't say "I can see Russia from my house"... but, the intention of the joke is pretty close to what she really DID say, and the point of the joke statement is "So what Sarah? And your point is what as far as how that makes you qualified for anything?".

But, that and things Katie Couric ask are "gotcha" questions.... ok, gotcha.


If you ask me, at least 2/3rds of the job of the interviewer should be to ask so-called "gotcha" questions.  Unfortunately for us, journalists no longer seem to want to call "bullshiat" on anyone in power or anyone aspiring to power.
 
2013-12-27 01:50:49 PM
i.imgur.com

What conservative humor ends up being.
 
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