The other day Tucker Carlson told us that Greg Gutfeld had surpassed Stephen Colbert in the ratings.
Apparently this is the first time that a cable show has defeated a network show in the ratings.
We are supposed to celebrate.
Are you worried?
You should be.
As a conservative let me say this, Gutfeld is one of the most inane shows I have ever seen in my life.
If this is the future, count me out.
Through his show, Gutfeld dumbs down the American public.
His sarcastic comedy is a cheap substitute for serious discussion.
Moreover, Gutfeld recruits people into the political process who should never be there in the first place.
Politics should be boring, boring, boring.
We want it boring so that people who don’t know what they’re talking about, people who don’t read books, will go away and focus their time on the Kardashians.
By making politics exciting and funny, Gutfeld recruits clueless boobs into the voting booths.
These people will be enticed into thinking that they know the issues.
These people will then actually vote.
Gutfeld is not giving us an intelligent alternative to Stephen Colbert, he is replicating Stephen Colbert for a different group of people – conservatives.
This is bad news for us.
We don’t need any more Stephen Colberts, John Stewarts, Bill Mahers, or people of this ilk.
Nor do we need more Greg Gutfelds.
We actually need none of them.
When you watch these shows, you don’t learn anything new. All you learn are jokes.
These shows don’t cater to the truth; they cater to the cheapest quick gimmick that will gain laughs and applause.
Instead of experts or people who know what they’re talking about, you get pseudo experts in the form of Gutfeld’s friends.
You also get SNL type skits, lots of chuckling, jokes, and sexual innuendo.
It’s a morning zoo type atmosphere producing a wall of sound designed to entertain, not inform.
The Important point about all this is that legitimate criticism of establishment ideas is not even permitted. For example, both sides in the political debate nonchalantly accept without pause that Putin is the bad guy when it comes to Ukraine. Gutfeld isn’t challenging Colbert about Putin’s nature; he is opposed to sending billions to Ukraine.
Well, hold on a minute, shouldn’t Gutfeld be talking about why Putin is invading in the first place? Shouldn’t he be talking about NATO’s encroachment into Russia’s sphere of influence? Shouldn’t he talk about Ukraine’s violation of the Minsk Accords? Of course he should, but he doesn’t.
Maybe Putin isn’t the bad guy.
Uh oh, danger, Will Robinson, that’s an unapproved thought!
Both Gutfeld and Colbert both turn politics into a sporting match.
What you are watching is the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Las Vegas Raiders.
Both shows will oppose each other on every issue.
There will never be any common ground.
But what if both sides are wrong?
Perhaps the right move for Gutfeld is not to oppose Stephen Colbert on a particular issue with the cheapest of arguments, but to jettison the battle altogether.
Or better yet, to agree with the other side.
Let’s look at a particular example.
Why is it necessary for Gutfeld’s guests to reflexively oppose student loan relief?
Why not bring on educators, university presidents, and experts on education who can explain why tuition costs escalated so rapidly, and what schools did with the money.
Why why not just ask questions?
Young people on the right should not be herded into the cattle pen of mindless reflexive opposition to everything a Democrat says.
Nor should young people on the left be herded into the cattle pen of mindless reflexive opposition to everything a Republican says.
Both should be encouraged to ask questions and to gravitate toward the truth that the answers to those questions reveal.
A Republican party is not made stronger by opposing everything that the Democratic Party stands for.
Nor is a Democratic Party made stronger by opposing everything that the Republican party stands for.
Both Gutfeld and Colbert weaken the electorate by inviting you to mindlessly oppose the opposition.
They do it through jokes and stunts.
You don’t win a contest by relying on tricks.
You win a game by consistently hitting solid shots.
Democracy only works with an informed electorate.
Gutfeld and Colbert do not substantively inform the electorate.
Let me illustrate exactly how their shows do damage.
To begin with, both Gutfeld and Colbert are owned by Corporate America.
Essentially then Corporate America is foisting mob rule on the American electorate through Greg Gutfeld and Stephen Colbert.
Let’s say that in a world without comedians controlling politics there is an issue in which ten million people care enough to educate themselves. Let us suppose that those ten million people are divided evenly according to their political persuasion. There are five million people on the right, and there are five million people on the left.
Suppose on this particular issue though, eight million people believe that we should choose X as a solution whereas two million people believe we should choose Y as a solution.
Enter Gutfeld and Colbert who mob up fifty million people on each side to mindlessly oppose each other.
Suddenly the disparity dissipates. There are now 58 million people who believe that we should choose A as a solution whereas 52 million people people believe that we should choose Y as a solution.
The politicians will now look at the polling data and say that it’s pretty close to a tossup as to which solution should be chosen.
America is deeply divided, the politicians will now say as they do nothing.
Corporate America has now once again controlled the politician’s mind. Of course, Corporate America already owns the politician, but now Corporate America has made it much easier for the politician to do whatever Corporate America wants them to do given that opinion is pretty much divided.
Moreover, since Corporate America controls both shows, Corporate America can shift opinion by controlling the show’s availability, content and focus. For example, Corporate America may decide to tell Colbert to back off an issue while allowing Gutfeld to go crazy. Thus an 8 million to 2 million disparity in favor of Colbert might be converted to a 8 million to 32 million disparity in favor of Gutfeld!
This is the danger of Gutfeld and Colbert and the brand of political discussion they offer.
It doesn’t work for you; it works for the people who control the media.
The people who take the time to read books and keep informed about the issues whether right or left are rubbed out and tossed to the side of the road by the ignorant, raging mob – all in the name of democracy.
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