Here we go again! Now, the big story is "Should David Letterman be fired for a joke?"
Once again the comic is made out to be the enemy. Lenny Bruce was fired for jokes about religion, Tommy Smothers was fired for his political material, and Bill Maher lost his show for a single comment about suicide bombers.
I left Laugh In when NBC was told by the Nixon administration that we could do no more political humor. After that Nixon called his pal writer Paul Keyes every Monday night to review the political content of the show. That was after John Mitchell threatened the networks with the loss of licenses over the political balance of what they broadcast.
The political comics are feared and hated by the establishment who feel they must control what the comics say. No secret about the influence presidents had over Bob Hope material. Who paid for those overseas junkets? Bob Hope did jokes but always "President positive."
Today's comics don't just do jokes, they often have bigger ideas and make more valuable observations on both sides of issues than our political leaders like Sarah Palin who would rather have endless fights with late night talk show hosts.
But Dennis Miller, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Michael "WEENWER" Savage, Laura Ingraham, Anne Coulter and of course Bull Dog Sean Hannity all say outrageous and untrue things about the President. They say Obama is a liar, a socialist and communist, a Muslim and not even an American. And he took his wife out to dinner "on a date."
Right on, no problem. Yuk yuk yuk.
Once again the "Politicals" try to make the comic the enemy and to make morality the issue.
Borat's bare bottom dominated the news for a week. And CBS is still being threatened with a half a million dollar fine for a 1.5 second wardrobe failure that threatened the morality of our youth by seeing Janet Jackson's little boob. For 1.5 seconds. And the "news?" programs ran that over and over as they attempted to "protect our young people."
Sarah Palin did not just use her unwed teenage daughters' promiscuity and resulting pregnancy as political assets. She used her entire family as props to further a political agenda that I guess that they don't even believe in. Enough said about selling abstinence as her suggested method of birth control. Right. Sarah got knocked up at 42. Now Sarah is using her daughter's media visibility again for political purposes. This woman might have been our vice president and all she has talked about for a week is David Letterman's silly joke.
Whether you agree or not, the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt used to fight for big ideas and causes they deemed important -- now if they're not fighting with each other and they're fighting with talk show hosts.
Let's NOT fire DAVID LETTERMAN. Let's VOTE for him.