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FARTHER STILL BEYOND SATIRE
Friday, August 10, 2018 (42 reads)


How do you satirize the already ludicrous?

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"INCREDIBLE"
Sunday, July 22, 2018 (92 reads)


Putin's "incredible offer."

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TRUMP IN BRITAIN
Sunday, July 15, 2018 (160 reads)


Trump in Britain was his usual diplomatic self.

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BEYOND SATIRE
Sunday, July 01, 2018 (164 reads)


Satirizing Trump grows more difficult every day.

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GROUP OF SEVEN (MORE OR LESS)
Sunday, June 10, 2018 (280 reads)


Should the group of 7 be 8? Or less?

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NEWS OF THE WORLD
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (341 reads)


A quick round-up of world news, mostly bad.

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TRUMP-OBAMA: THE LEGACIES
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (347 reads)


Trump's agenda: destroy Obama's legacy!

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TRUMP'S RULES
Thursday, May 03, 2018 (450 reads)


Consistency for Trump is no virtue.

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JUDGING JAMES COMEY
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (502 reads)


Comey v. Trump -- no end of satire.

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BOLTON
Monday, April 02, 2018 (560 reads)


OH NO! NOT BOLTON!

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THERE GOES TILLERSON
Thursday, March 15, 2018 (842 reads)


Almost everyone is feeling sorry for Rex Tillerson

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GUNS GALORE
Sunday, March 04, 2018 (829 reads)


Is the mass murder of children a fit subject for satire?

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A THOUSAND LIES
Friday, February 09, 2018 (881 reads)


Already they're claiming he's told a thousand lies.

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SHITHOLERY
Sunday, January 21, 2018 (955 reads)


Suddenly the word is everywhere.

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STABLE GENIUS
Monday, January 08, 2018 (1116 reads)


It's official: Trump is a stable genius!

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TAX DEFORM
Monday, December 25, 2017 (1207 reads)


What this country needs -- tax cuts for the rich.

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ALABAMA!
Sunday, December 17, 2017 (1137 reads)


It really happened in Alabama!

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GROPINGS
Friday, November 24, 2017 (1216 reads)


Sex and politics, again.

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TWO COUPS
Sunday, November 19, 2017 (1192 reads)


Upheaval in Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.

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THE JIMMY KIMMEL FACTOR
Saturday, October 21, 2017 (1323 reads)


Obamacare and Jimmy Kimmel

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TILLERSON OR TRUMP?
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (1367 reads)


Tillerson v Kim and Trump

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THE KIM AND DON SHOW
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (1405 reads)


What do we do about North Korea?

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HASSLES OVER HARVEY
Monday, September 04, 2017 (1592 reads)


Angry controversies over Hurricane Harvey.

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EVEN-HANDED?
Friday, August 18, 2017 (1605 reads)


Here's the new, unbiased, fact-driven Trump.

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Weak!
Saturday, August 05, 2017 (1774 reads)


Call him anything -- but don't say he's weak!

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I LOVE IT
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (1775 reads)


Donald Trump II said he loved it.

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GROVEL
Sunday, June 18, 2017 (1837 reads)


Trump convened a Cabinet meeting that turned into an extraordinary exhibition of groveling.

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THERESA MAY (NOT)
Sunday, June 11, 2017 (1952 reads)


Theresa May's embarrassment is a further illustration of the fact that the British, too, are making a mess of their politics.

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GROSSER THAN TRUMP?
Friday, June 02, 2017 (2003 reads)


What happened when a comedienne tried to be grosser than Donald Trump.

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HE LOVES THOSE SAUDIS
Monday, May 29, 2017 (2119 reads)


For all his repeated denunciations of Islam, Trump's first presidential trip abroad was to Saudi Arabia.  

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TRUMP IN TROUBLE
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (1959 reads)


Trump is out of the country but not out of trouble.

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WHY ARE THEY TALKING OF WATERGATE?
Sunday, May 14, 2017 (2506 reads)


Suddenly Trump's mention of tapes in the White House has everyone talking about Watergate. 

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FOREIGN FRIENDS OF TRUMP
Saturday, May 06, 2017 (2254 reads)


High on the list of friends of Trump are the Philippine's Duterte and Turkey's Erdogan.

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100 DAYS: SURVIVING TRUMP
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 (2624 reads)


100 days: which is the reality, which the satire?

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PUTIN, ASSAD, TRUMP
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (3071 reads)


Whatever happened to the Trump-Putin friendship?

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ROE v WADE: A MODEST PROPOSAL
Monday, March 27, 2017 (2886 reads)


In the Texas legislature a satirical proposal: fines for male masturbation.

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TRUMP ON TRUTH
Saturday, March 25, 2017 (2866 reads)


Does Trump really understand the difference between fact and fantasy?

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CRAZY?
Monday, February 27, 2017 (3127 reads)


Should we call Trump crazy?

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MELTING POT? NOT!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (2767 reads)


Trump versus the Constitution.

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INCREDIBLE
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (3757 reads)


He's tremendous and incredible, what else can I say

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THE TRUMP-PUTIN ROMANCE
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (3119 reads)


Satirists pounced in the charge that Putin ordered the Democratic Party hacking.

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SATURDAY NIGHT AND TRUMP
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 (3385 reads)


Trump is no longer a fan of Saturday Night Live.

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CASTRO AND THE CIA
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (3430 reads)


The CIA's efforts to kill Fidel Castro read like fake news

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FAKE
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (3498 reads)


Lately "fake news" has been in the news.

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HOW? AND WHAT NOW?
Saturday, November 19, 2016 (3712 reads)


I just don't understand it, I gave it lots of thought
The pollsters were predicting everything that I had sought.


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BREXIT MEANS BREXIT???
Friday, October 28, 2016 (3818 reads)


"Brexit Means Brexit." But what does that mean?

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THIS DREADUL CAMPAIGN
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (4073 reads)


Has it really come to this?

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BIRTHISM ABANDONED?
Saturday, September 24, 2016 (3605 reads)


It's official! Trump says Obama born in USA!

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THE PHILIPPINES: A DUTERTE WAR
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (3769 reads)


Even Donald Trump as not as outrageous as the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte.

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TRUMP TRUMPS TRUMP
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (3671 reads)


Somehow Trump manages to outdo himself

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BORIS JOHNSON: TRUMP WITH CLASS
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (4023 reads)


Boris Johnson is a classier version of Donald Trump.

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TRANSATLANTIC FOLLIES
Thursday, July 14, 2016 (3983 reads)


Has British politics become as inane as ours?

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BREXIT: NOW WHAT?
Saturday, June 25, 2016 (4149 reads)


David Cameron in politics was thought to be a master
And yet he took a gamble that resulted in disaster.


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TRUMP SLUMP?
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 (4398 reads)


This time Trump had a really bad week.

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FAREWELL, TRUMP U?
Saturday, June 04, 2016 (4391 reads)


It wasn't Harvard, Princeton, NYU or MIT

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HILLARY SPEECHES
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (4516 reads)


What's in those Hillary speeches?

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ERDOGAN AND A GOAT
Friday, May 06, 2016 (4306 reads)


A German comedian pushed the limit of satire to annoy a Turkish leader.

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THE PANAMA PAPERS
Monday, April 11, 2016 (4753 reads)


Shock! Horror! International tax evasion! This is news?

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ELECTING THE SUPREME COURT?
Friday, March 25, 2016 (5599 reads)


A major issue in the election: after Scalia, what direction for the Supreme Court?

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TRUMP: THE SAGA CONTINUES
Saturday, March 05, 2016 (4748 reads)


The more he seems offensive and outrageous and absurd
The more Trump by his followers is eagerly preferred.


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BREXIT?
Monday, February 29, 2016 (5099 reads)


What if Britain really leaves the EU?

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SUPREME DEADLOCK
Thursday, February 18, 2016 (4654 reads)


So now, like the rest of the American system, the Supreme Court is deadlocked.

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TRUMPIANA
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (4954 reads)


Still more Trump

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REPUBLICANS AGAIN
Sunday, January 17, 2016 (5122 reads)


Another unpleasant Republican debate.



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ISIS? WHAT CRISIS?
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 (5148 reads)


For Saudis and Iranians ISIS is not their main concern.

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WILL IT BE CRUZ V. RUBIO?
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 (5049 reads)


The latest pundit surmise: Cruz v. Rubio

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SAN BERNADINO: A STRATEGY
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 (5511 reads)


Here's a strategy (the wrong one) to respond to the San Bernadino attack.

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DEFEATING ISIS: HERE'S HOW
Saturday, December 05, 2015 (5915 reads)


How should we counter ISIS, known as ISIL, or as Daesh?

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DEMOCRATS' DEBATE 2
Sunday, November 22, 2015 (5305 reads)


Hilary tried to relate everything to terrorism, Bernie to the tenth of one per cent.

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SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (19957 reads)


SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE?  1-18-2011 

The Arizona shooting has added more and more voices to the demand to restore civility to political discourse. Over and over we hear the demand to stop the vitriolic exchange of insults driven by mutual hostility.

What does this mean for political satire? By definition, satire is hostile and offensive. Even Art Buchwald, whose satire was relatively mellow and genial, said “Satire is malicious”.  Holding people up to ridicule is not a friendly act. It doesn’t seem consistent with the proposal to lower the temperature of political discourse. So should satirists now blunt the edge of their wit when commenting on political issues and leaders?



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