See, I Always Thought Fox News Was Satire…
I’m a little late to the game on this “liberal news” satire show being developed by Fox News, but before we get into the finer details I just wanted to point out that the shows they feel their satire will compete against are on COMEDY Central.
So apparently this move by Fox means they’re okay with being compared to a channel devoted to telling as many fart jokes as possible. It’s refreshing to see them being this honest and I applaud their candor.
Now Fox News Channel, a primary source of material for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, is teaming with the exec producer of “24” to try its hand at a news satire show for conservatives to love.
Joel Surnow, co-creator of “24,” is shooting two half-hour pilots of a skein he described as ” ‘The Daily Show’ for conservatives,” due to air in primetime on Saturdays in January.
If successful, the show could take its place on the regular schedule, adding satire to FNC’s formula of news and opinion.
“The way I look at it, almost every comedy show or satire show I see uses the same talking points against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney,” Surnow said. “The other side hasn’t been skewered in a fair and balanced way.”
And here’s quite possibly a big sign that this show isn’t going to be very funny…Fox Entertainment passed on it…
Surnow originally pitched the show to Fox Entertainment prexy Peter Liguori, who is searching for latenight programming for the Fox network. Liguori passed but connected Surnow with Roger Ailes, who in addition to Fox News Channel also runs Twentieth Century Television and the Fox stations group.
They. Just. Don’t. Get. It.
First off, the existing satire shows came up when Bush was President. So, the idea that this is all just one sided is bunk. Dems get skewered too, but the political reality of our time is Republican governance. And don’t think a Democratic president will get off easy. Anybody remember all the jokes about Bill Clinton even pre-Monica? No…me neither.
Of course, Colbert lampoons O’Reilly, etc., but how long have the right-wing pundit class dominated the landscape? 25 years? A lampoon on liberal talkers isn’t going to be nearly as funny because they’ve been around a grand total of 3 years! And it remains to be seen whether these liberal talk shows will ever gain any sort of serious foothold at all, let alone enough of one that there’s ripe material for lampooning.
I do have to say that FNC’s marketing certainly worked out well for a while, and when I first saw the “Fair and Balanced” and “We Report. You Decide.” taglines I shuddered at the genius of them, but this satire-news-show-thing is quite perhaps THE sign that things are about to go over the edge.
Mark my words…in 5 years Fox News will be at the bottom of the barrel as far as ratings goes and they’ll have to drop this conservative-leaning stuff in favor of somewhere that’s more in the middle. And trust me, Murdoch will clean house. He’s done it before, and he’ll do it again.
…in the always fair and balanced world of Bill O’Reilly, we’re left with this gem of a quote about iPod owners…
“I don’t own an iPod. I would never wear an iPod. Did you ever talk to these computer geeks? I mean, can you carry on a conversation with them?”