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June 05, 2013

Jay Leno's Kind of Destroying Obama on the IRS

I hate advertising something on NBC, but Leno is not shying away.

Every other day I read about some joke he's made about Obama.

Even lame jokes, like this one, successfully relay information about Obama that most of the media suppresses.

Here's the thing about not-very-funny-jokes: A comic tells them because he feels he needs to address the issue, to comment on it. A good comic will tell a great joke even if it's against his political interest. But comics won't tell so-so jokes, unless the joke is important in other ways.

Seth Meyer's hideous Weekend Update is a very long running example of this: Half the "comedy" consists of jokes that aren't funny, but exist there to "inform" the audience about things Seth Meyer thinks they need to be thinkin' about.

Leno has some good jokes, and some so-so jokes, jokes he thinks he should tell because it's important. Like this one.

Or this one.

Or this one.

Or this one.

Or this one.

These are all from like a two week span. I could go on.

Jon Steward is wildly overpraised by liberals for, supposedly, being a truth-teller who speaks uncomfortable truths the media shies away from.

How about someone in the media acknowledge the supposedly boring, non-hip, non-edgy Jay Leno is doing that, and is actually exposing the truths the media reallyreallyreallyreally doesn't want to utter?

Meanwhile, this is funny: College Humor does a mock-up of what the media would look like if it were all run by Buzzfeed.

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posted by Ace at 04:03 PM

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