It is axiomatic that Comedy central is an organ of the left in both its approach and its opinions, but every now and again it finds a situation so ironic, so simply incredible that no amount of political agreement or sympathy can override the comedy gold it produces.

There is a lot of commentary on the right concerning this:

Legal Insurrection:

This is from the “you can’t make this stuff up” files

The Mental Recession

The hypocrisy is mind-numbing, especially if the Daily Show has to point out something as being uncivil towards the Tea Party.


The Conservatory:

Beyond obtuse. Far, far beyond.

Moe Lane:

Nobody’s this clueless. Nobody.

Ace of spades:

1) Did she not know this was John Oliver from The Daily Show, and was she not aware of the kinds of things that typically happen during Daily Show interviews? 2) Was this a case of intentional hypocrisy on her part for rhetorical gain? Or was she acting out of complete ignorance?

Hotair:

…people like Harrop and the DNC’s current talking-points robot typically don’t do what they do because they’re blind to their own demagoguery, I think. To believe that is to let them off the hook for the cynical choice they’ve consciously made to smear their opponents for political advantage. There’s plenty of paranoia involved, no doubt, but it’s all in service to an agenda. If Harrop was genuinely this myopic, you could almost forgive her for it. Almost.


Small dead Animals
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Ms. Harrop claims she was in on the joke. Many think she was not.

And finally Robert Stacy McCain:

What creeps me out about X or a Froma is the matter-of-fact, calmly fanatic certainty with which they will tell you that Tea Partiers are terrorists and the U.S. is turing into a cauldron of sadistic carnal abuse. I told X words to the effect: “It would be interesting to see how you show statistically that humanity is any more depraved now than ever.”

This is the same kind of unquestioning regurgitation that fuels global warming hysteria.

I think it’s much more simple, and can best be explained by a quote a 1956 episode of The Adventures of Robin Hood titled The Scientist. Robin and his band are protecting Albertus of Oxford from Prince John who wants him to build a horrific weapon. Friar Tuck asks if other scientists have considered the theory behind the device and Albertus answers thus:

There was Claudius of Paris for one. He thought it too frightful to use, except against the infidel. Then there was Al-Dalim the great Arabian. He wrote ‘it was too frightful to use, except against Christians.’

To Froma Harrop and people like her, liberalism IS their religion. Conservatives in general and the Tea Party in particular are their devils thus the rules of civilized behavior not only do not apply but simply holding liberal beliefs grant automatic absolution for any line that might be crossed.

So it doesn’t matter if she knew what Comedy Central was doing or understood the cause in which it was done, it was all in the cause of defeating evil conservatives and isn’t that what it’s all about in the end?

Here is the episode, the exchange that leads to the clip is at 8:33

It looks like Comedy Central is REALLY trying to stage manage a successful rally:

Steve Albani:
Please note, taping for television or any other filming is strictly prohibited between 3rd and 7th Street without a media credential.

Richard Pollack sets him straight about the law:

Although it may not make any sense to you at this moment, the National Mall is not a TV set, although it may look like one.

As the former chief Washington producer for ABC’s “Good Morning America” for nine years, let me assure you that you cannot bar cameras from public walkways on the Mall. It has never happened.

And so we will be there crew and all.

It does seem a bit incredulous that a rally for “reasonableness” should exclude freely based camera crews exercising their First Amendment rights to cover your attendees walking on public property. Unless this is Prague in 1968. And unless Comedy Central own tanks. Or unless it deploys a Comedy Police with enforcement powers.

An attempt to protect their live show, or an attempt to manage news? It will be fun to see them try to stop people on public property filming and tweeting. I don’t think it will go over well with their fans. Are these people really this stupid?

I smell crashing and burning.

Update: After 2 hours of watching this I know why they were forbiding filming. It really REALLY Su*&^!

Update: Tweet of the day:

This really says it all

Just so everyone understands, there the John Stewart rally exists for two different purposes. One of which has already been achieved.

For Comedy Central, it is PR and even if only two drunks show up they have managed to get the ratings and promoting they want. Comedy Central has achieved its goal.

For the left, it is different, over and over the left has tried to ignore, silence, dismiss and destroy the tea party to no effect. Finally they tried to outdraw them, but the Sharpton and the One Nation rallies were spectacular failures.

So they have gone all in to achieve the goal. What goal? As as One Nation. The goal here is to paint democrats as energized and engaged and ready to vote and to get the MEDIA to report this.

Let’s make one thing clear. Stewart rally Keg Party is going to be very well attended (Oprah, Arianna and comedy central paying for the trip isn’t going to hurt either. I don’t know if they will outdraw Beck, (or if they will pick up their trash, but I suspect Stewart is not stupid enough to let his crowd trash the mall.)

It is NOT going to be an indication of democratic strength or purpose. It is going to be about a bunch of people getting to see their favorite comics and have a fun time (Think Dan’s Bake sale except Rush didn’t pay for people to go).

The Mainstream media WILL paint it as a sign that democrats are energized and will talk about nothing else on Monday, with the goal of actually energizing the unenergized voters. When Joe Scarborough decided that One Nation wasn’t worth talking about since “He was watching football” I guarantee you Morning Joe have time to comment on it and guest after guest from the left media will be talking about how it is a game-changer.

The goal will be to make it a game changer. It will fail.

Update: Sissy Willis on the subject

Update 2: Doug Powers comments at Michelle’s

Huffington and Winfrey are spending a lot of cash to ship people to the rally — people who wouldn’t have attended unless somebody gave them a free ride. As far as I’m concerned, Arianna and Oprah’s money is helping make an ironic point for the right.

Exactly.

then you are either Andrew Sullivan or you paid no attention during the first half of 2009.

Don’t forget that the big story last year was how even comedians wouldn’t touch Obama. Stewart provided a very small tweak of his inaugural speech comparing it to Bush’s in Jan. In Feb the story was nothing is funny about Obama flash forward to May 15 when I post on Stewart hitting Obama by name saying:

Jon Stewart has now directly ridiculed president Obama by name. He has done it on a primary news source for the far left and for many young people who pay no attention, and not only that he has done it in a way that a person who has no idea about politics can understand.

People may not realize how big this is. Will this mean that other comics will now be willing to hit him? Will this give the imprimatur to other to speak up? Only time will tell, but the first time is always easiest.

In September Stewart hit the Acorn story and it stuck.

Hey MSM when John Stewart isn’t going to go along you’d better start worrying.

Don’t forget that CNN felt compelled to fact check SNL when they hit Obama once in OCTOBER!.

Do you realize if Jeffrey Immelt owned Comedy Central we still might not have anyone in the media saying boo to Barack Obama.

Memeorandum thread here

Years ago when the Satanic Verses came out there was outrage when threats were made against Salman Rushdie. There was a move to have people buy his book in solidarity with Rushdie and to stick those who called for his death.

On of the functions of terrorism is to make a person or a group do something they would not normally do. I was outraged at the threats against an author’s life but I thought about it and asked myself this question…

Would I normally have purchased this book if these threats didn’t take place?

Since I found the answer was no I decided that the only reason I would be buying said book would be to prove to people that I was a supporter of free speech and opposed to the fatwa against Rushdie. I decided I didn’t have to prove anything to anyone, so although whenever the subject came up I condemned the Iranians and expressed support for Rushdie I didn’t buy the book, I’ve never read the book and I never plan to read the book.

Now comes “Everybody draw Mohammed day” and the blog that comes with it and a decision comes again.

Would I be doing this to illustrate my opposition to Jihad? Would I normally do this? The answer both times is no.

I have unabashedly declared islamic killers as barbarians, I will continue to do so. I have condemned the cowardice of Comedy Central. I don’t feel I have anything to prove. In addition I don’t like caricatures of Christ, Mary etc that are unflattering. I want respect for my religion therefore I need to show that same respect. Free speech has to also include freedom to not speak if you don’t want to.

Therefore I am not going to draw Mohammed on May 20th. If you think less of me because of that, so be it…

…oh and I can’t draw to save my life either.

One more thing; there are items that are not offensive that some extremists have deemed offensive, that can’t stand. So I will be doing something on the 20th but not a drawing and not something that I think is offensive.

…when I hit him on the PorkBusters stuff. Then I went to Memeorandum and read his link concerning South Park and learned that islamic threats of violence were analogous to not rebroadcasting Sinead O’Connor dissing the Pope et/al.

They are analogous in the same way that California Bank and Trust closing a branch in California is to closing their WTC 1 branch in Sept of 2001.

Let’s me explain for those who might be regular Balloon Juice readers something called business.

If you have a business selling non unique goods and services to a customer base that is shared by your competitors , rule one is to avoid upsetting said customer base so they don’t choose to go to your competitors.

Or put simply: Piss off your customers and they will go elsewhere if they can.

Television runs on ads. The companies that run ads do so because they want to associate their ads to said show, celebratory etc… If that association costs them customers rather than helping them retain them (read GEICO voice over) then it doesn’t serve their purpose.

Thus a Bill Maher fails on ABC where his opinions and wit might hurt the bottom line but makes it on HBO where the customer base is different. That’s how the free market works…

…on the other hand we have. “Take off this show or I cut your throat.”

If you can’t tell the difference there isn’t a lot of hope for you.

Update: More economics from Doctor Zero via Robert Stacy.

When you look at the South Park situation, the reaction of comedy central and the sudden concern at offending religion that seems to pop up as long as that religion isn’t Christianity in general or Catholicism in particular, it tends to make the average Christian sick.

You have seen the Lord berated, your forms of worship mocked. You find yourself called every name in the book in movies and film, you endure the wrath of the mainstream media for your willingness to stand against sin and when like all men, you succumb to sin of any sort they pounce with glee.

For Catholics in particular, the religion that brought you hospitals, education of the non-noble classes, the preservation of some of the greatest knowledge of antiquity, t religion that feeds, clothes, and shelters more people worldwide than any other and has done so for centuries. The religion whose dedication to educating the poor is so great that even atheists donate to our schools. To see comedy central happily insult Christ and the Pope while bleeping out even the name of Islam’s prophet, its gotta be another twist of the knife.

But worse than that, it is a temptation. It comes from jealousy. It is a little voice that is saying: “Hey you know that Christ is worth defending, you see how the media and almost everyone in Hollywood cringe and bow all it takes is an ambiguous phase.” Just one little suggestion, you don’t even have to do anything, that sort of a “me too” thing, than maybe just maybe they will decide to leave you alone too. It’s not so bad, after all it will keep them from violating the second commandment, it will keep kids from getting the idea they can make fun of the Lord. Maybe even save a soul or two.”

It’s the same kind of voice that the kid who works at the local grocery store for minimum wage hears when he sees a neighbor who is dealing with a $500 iPhone. It’s the voice the girl working two jobs to pay student loan hears when she sees another working three days at the strip club or maybe turning a trick, with money in the bank.

But most important of all it’s the same kind of voice that whispered to Scott Roeder, telling him it was alright to murder.

That voice should not be unfamiliar to us. it whispered to Herod to remove the children who might be a threat to their rule, it told Peter that it was ok to deny Jesus to save his skin, that told Pilate that it was better to kill an innocent man than to risk rebellion and told Judas that he was doing the right thing to deliver Jesus to the High Priest.

For a Christian that is the real significance of the South Park incident. Not what has actually been done, Christ and the Church has been the subject of ridicule as long as there have been Christians, it is the attempt to tempt away from our church, our faith and our very identity.

What should our response be? Prayer for Parker and Stone, Prayer for the Islamic barbarians who want to kill them, and prayer for that same media that scorns us.

It is through that prayer that we will not only save ourselves and others because in the end that is the bottom line. It’s what’s at stake, if we look at it otherwise, then we commit the sin of pride. There is a reason why it leads the list of deadly sins. As Christ said:

“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. John 15:18-23

This is the way things are, and we’d best act like it.

One of the things that always amazes me about the MSM is that they don’t seem to realize how tilted they are. (That’s one of the reasons why even though she drives me nuts I love Mika Brzezinski, not just because she is a handsome woman but because she is not afraid to come out and say it). It’s the elephant in the room that almost everybody gets except for the media and the very liberal liberals.

That is emphasized in this Huff-Po interview with Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park.

“It’s so much more fun for us to rip on liberals only because nobody else does it, and not because we think liberals are worse than Republicans but, just because…”

“..it’s like fresh snow. I mean how’re you gonna rip on Sarah Palin in a new way?” Trey pointed out.

“I think sometimes we do gravitate towards things other people haven’t done and a lot of times that makes us gravitate away from ripping on Republicans cause it’s just done very well by a ton of people. It’s hard to compete with Jon Stewart, etc — those guys are brilliant.”

I also love the fact that on the single most important issue facing the west they get it:

“I think Comedy Central totally f****** p***** out. Now, they weren’t any different than anyone else, so it’s not like you can single them out. But I think it would’ve been an important statement for one media outlet in America to stand up. That was one of my most disappointing moments as an American–the American press’s reaction to the Muhammad cartoons. It was completely wimpy,” Matt Stone said. “Cartoonists, people who do satire–we’re not in the army, we’re never going to be f***** drafted and this is our time to stand up and do the right thing. And to watch the New York Times, Comedy Central, everybody just go ‘No, we’re not going to do it because basically we’re afraid of getting bombed’ sucked. I was so disappointed”

The fact that the Alex Leo felt compelled to include the next line suggests she doesn’t get it:

The irony of it all? The pair did a show that included an image of Muhammad years before and a clip of it (pictured below) runs during the show’s opening in dozens of countries, in syndication, on Comedy Central.

South Park is disgusting, sacrilegious and with very rare exceptions not allowed in the house. It is also brilliant, topical, laugh out loud funny and one of the most honest shows on television.

About 50 years ago CBS ruled the roost with a series of shows that appealed to rural audiences such as Petticoat Junction, ,Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry R.F.D., and Hogan’s Heroes. Around 1971 these shows were canceled in what was called the Rural purge. They were all still popular, all still successful but generally paned by urban critics.

These shows continue to make money in syndication.

Fast forward to 2009 and it looks like comedy central has decided CBS had a point:

Achmed the Dead Terrorist has been all but buried on Comedy Central. Press representatives for the network said on Tuesday that its hit series featuring that contentious puppet — not to mention Jeff Dunham, the man with a hand up his back — will not be picked up for a second season, confirming a report that appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.

Well it isn’t like the old days with only three networks, a specialty network like comedy central has to cater to the shows that bring in the absolute highest ratings not just red state stuff…oh wait:

The decision comes as a bit of a surprise given that “Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special,” a performance shown on Comedy Central in 2008, is that channel’s most-viewed broadcast ever, drawing 6.6 million viewers, and the premiere of “The Jeff Dunham Show” was watched by 5.3 million viewers.

Well ok it had millions of viewers a whole lot more than the entire MSNBC lineup, but it’s not as if it was in response to the decisions of urban critics…oh wait again:

A widely read post on the Web site videogum.com declared, “‘The Jeff Dunham Show’ Is the Worst Thing in the Entire World.” In The New York Times, Neil Genzlinger wrote, “Offensiveness is a mutable thing, especially on television, where everything is interchangeable: a Lewis Black joke could be a Jay Leno joke could be a Jeff Dunham joke.”

So bottom line a niche network chooses to cancel a show that still brought in millions of viewers after critics pan it.

I guess comedy central isn’t immune to PC.

Update: Welcome Salon readers, I haven’t quite figured out what this post has to do with the article that linked me but welcome just the same. Feel free to check out my weekend Amazon Reviews. Read a Massachusetts Republican’s take on the Brown Coakley race. Check out my Dr. Who End of Time rant and read my poetic answer to Al Gore.