Satire doesn’t work on TV?


William Cook’s powers of induction are great – greatly abused.

While he may find no humor in certain British television shows, to state that satire does not work on television over-generalizes (“The Heckler: how funny really was Spitting Image?,” 21 Feb. 2015). He says that “[s]atirising politicians has always worked in print . . . but it simple doesn’t work on television.” He apparently can’t see across the Atlantic through his “one-eyed god.” Jon Stewart, South Park, certainly Stephen Colbert, John Oliver (a Brit!), et al. all display, without caveat, that satire can — and is — communicated via the “one-eyed god.”

You almost wonder who here is one-eyed.


William Pate

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