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Author Wild, Nicole Michaud, author.

Title Dubious pundits : presidential politics, late-night comedy, and the public sphere / Nicole Michaud Wild.

Publication Info. Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2019]


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Description v, 173 pages ; 24 cm.
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Series Politics and comedy : critical encounters
Politics and comedy, critical encounters.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: The political comedy public sphere -- Political comedy in the Reagan/Bush era: unkind and not so gentle -- The Clinton era: humor below the belt -- Bush v. Gore and the comedy of chaos -- The 9/11 era: "Now they are pundits" -- The 2008 election: authenticity (or lack thereof) -- Conclusion: The structural transformations of political humor.
Summary "Over the last decades of the 20th century, and into the 21st, humor on late-night TV became a more influential part of the United States' political conversations. Not only did viewers talk about what the shows were saying, but serious journalists in newspapers and television news did as well. This book explores how Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert became popular pundits, with their commentaries often being shown on the news or quoted in the papers, and how Tina Fey's parody of Sarah Palin eclipsed the real life candidate herself. This transformation occurred after the attacks on 9/11 and the beginning of the War in Iraq, when comedy figures were often more critical and informative than traditional news sources. At the same time, they became more substantive in their critiques than political humor often had been in the past, which relied heavily on mocking political candidates' personality quirks. Using transcripts from Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report during the presidential elections from 1980-2008, this book takes a comprehensive look at how the comedy itself transformed. In addition, the analysis includes how journalists in the Washington Post and the New York Times discussed the shows at the time, revealing how they once denigrated the programs, but came to regard them as valuable narrative resources."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Saturday night live (Television program)
Daily show (Television program)
Colbert report (Television program)
Television and politics -- United States.
Television broadcasting of news -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1981-1989 -- Humor.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1989- -- Humor.
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- Humor.
Political satire, American -- History and criticism.
Colbert report (Television program) (OCoLC)fst01779114
Daily show (Television program) (OCoLC)fst01402383
Saturday night live (Television program) (OCoLC)fst01362330
Political satire, American. (OCoLC)fst01069725
Politics and government -- Humor. (OCoLC)fst01919765
Television and politics. (OCoLC)fst01146689
Television broadcasting of news. (OCoLC)fst01146787
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term Since 1981
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
ISBN 9781498567367 hardcover alkaline paper
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