10/29/2013 08:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart Have Destroyed Satire -- Chris Hedges

Originally posted on AcronymTV


In this wide-ranging interview, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Christopher Hedges talks with me about class war, nonviolence, The Great Gatsby, and about the lost art of satire.

"Satire becomes destroyed in essence in the hands of figures like Colbert, Jon Stewart and others," Hedges asserts. "They will attack the excesses or the foibles of the system, but they are never going to expose the system itself because they are all millionaires, they are commercially supported. You have very few people (George Carlin was one) who will stand up and do it. If you do that, it is tough to make a living. Carlin maybe being the exception. But if you really use satire the way Swift used satire, to expose the English barbarity in Ireland because culture, like everything else in the society has been completely corporatized."