Fox News joins the late night (culture) wars with a cancellable Greg Gutfeld
Fox News and Greg Gutfeld apparently believes he’s funny enough to go up against late night comedy programming. Because of the previous guy, the world might be safe for RW late night humor when ‘Pretentious Virtue Signaling’ can be an intelligible punch line. As if Dennis Miller on RT makes us feel better about conservative humor, there is likely a Trumpian audience awake after 11pm, even if such “libertarian” humor can only be… forced.
“It’s like watching a guy going through a divorce doing an impression of Bill Maher,”
“Just because something has the cadence of a joke does not make it a joke,” former Nightly Show writer Sasha Stewart added, before also referencing the tepid laughter that could be heard in the background. “I’m sorry for the five staffers who make up the laugh track. I know they’re staffers because it’s the kind of sharp, pained laugh of a person who’s barely getting paid enough to be there.”
sweet googly moogly pic.twitter.com/qxpEDghbi7
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) April 6, 2021
Greg Gutfeld is taking his Fox News Channel talk show from Saturdays to a high-profile weeknight perch, serving as a lighter, more satirical chaser for the cable network’s pugnacious opinion lineup.
In the process, “Gutfeld!,” a new name for a show that will feature some new elements, offers a more conservative alternative to the mix of late-night TV talk shows.
Libertarian-leaning Gutfeld hopes the hourlong show (Monday, 11 EDT/8 PDT) can “draft” like a cyclist off the ratings of shows hosted by Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.
“I’m going to be living in their universe, talking about the same stuff but with different people and a different perspective and maybe a more subversive or surprising way of doing it,” Gutfeld says.
Conservatives resent liberals for a great many reasons, but it’s the stranglehold over culture and comedy that really drives them nuts. There are no “right-wing movies” that don’t go straight to DVD; right-wing comedy is stagnant and mostly consists of racist middle-aged men making trite, uncreative jokes about “safe spaces” and “participation trophies.”
The right-wing worldview seems simply are incapable of producing any cultural content that has any value or lasting meaning apart from mocking memes (see Neal McCoy’s now-infamous country single “Take a Knee, My Ass (I Won’t Take a Knee)“).
That axiom was once again proven correct with the debut of FOX host Greg Gutfeld’s new late-night comedy show, which opened with an absolutely cringe attempt to mock the “liberal” media outlets of CNN and MSNBC that landed like a rotten watermelon on the sidewalk.
Trying to make fun of MSNBC host Brian Williams for fudging the truth in his reporting about an Iraq War helicopter ride some eighteen years ago, Gutfeld’s bit consisted of Williams pretending he was on Mars. His second bit showed two CNN pundits arguing that the other one was racist.
Every time I see Greg Gutfeld mentioned on this site I think of the Russ Meyer documentary where they spelled his name wrong pic.twitter.com/vBWNHonuMl
— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) April 6, 2021
Who needs Fox News when a lazy MSM amplifies Trumpian disinformation.
On April 4, two mainstream news outlets promoted a lie about President Joe Biden’s proposed infrastructure package that originated from a former Trump administration official.
The misleading claim, which was fact-checked by The Washington Post, is that only 5-7% of the package is devoted to “real infrastructure,” that is roads, bridges, and ports. This claim rests on a false assumption that only a narrow slice of projects can be considered “real infrastructure” while an entire array of other projects, such as broadband or charging stations for electric vehicles, do not.
A former top Trump official started a lie about Biden's infrastructure bill. Two Sunday shows ran with it. https://t.co/seHQTUnj0J
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) April 5, 2021
The specific claim that only 5-7% of Biden’s infrastructure spending would go to such projects apparently originates with Russell Vought, former director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump administration, on the April 1 edition of Fox News Radio’s The Brian Kilmeade Show.
In other acts of meta-criticism, a stone chair monument is being held for political ransom.
The captors of the Jefferson Davis Memorial Chair are threatening to use it as a toilet https://t.co/MSLdLMPQyJ
— The Art Newspaper (@TheArtNewspaper) April 6, 2021
Pictures obtained by AL.com, however, point to a late-night heist a day earlier, on March 19. Those pictures, which appeared to show the $500,000 chair being smuggled out of the cemetery in the dark, were provided by a group calling itself “White Lies Matter.” The group also sent a picture of a ransom note, addressed to the group “United Daughters of the Confederacy,” (UDC) which owns the land around Confederate Circle.
“The Ladies of Selma presented the stone chair in memory of Jefferson Davis in 1893, over 20 years after he’d last visited the city,” that report stated.
In 2012, a bronze bust of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was stolen from the cemetery.
“Like most Confederate monuments, (the chair) mostly exists to remind those who’s freedom had to be purchased in blood, that there still exists a portion of our country that is more than willing to continue to spill blood to avoid paying that debt down,” the White Lies Matter email states.
“We took their toy, and we don’t feel guilty about it. They never play with it anyway. They just want it there to remind us what they’ve done, what they are still willing to do. But the south won’t rise again. Not as the Confederacy. Because that coalition left out a large portion of its population. All that’s left of that nightmare is an obscenely heavy chair that’s a throne for a ghost whose greatest accomplishment was treason.”