Friday's HOT MIC
Everything that is wrong with America and comedy summed up in one tweet:
More from The Daily Beast:
Over the past week, opposition to the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has been driven by a late-night talk show host who had expressed little interest in health care policy prior to this year.
Jimmy Kimmel’s nightly monologues decrying Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) bill became must-see TV, as the ABC host systematically attacked both the specifics of the legislation and Cassidy himself.
Behind the scenes, the ABC star was getting an assist. Kimmel and his team were in touch with health care officials, charities and advocacy groups, multiple sources told The Daily Beast. He also was in touch with the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) who, according to a source familiar with their conversations, “provided technical guidance and info about the bill, as well as stats from various think tanks and experts on the effects of [Graham-Cassidy].”
Yes, I know that I am a comedian who also writes and speaks about politics, but I have also been a political activist since I was in college. I also don't talk about politics much on stage. Now that we have gotten to the point where a comedian who read up on an issue becomes the alleged voice of reason I fear that we are well past even hoping for serious policy discussion again.
This also perfectly illustrates something I alluded to here recently. The entertainment industry is no longer subtly biased for the Democrats. It is essentially just another biased news source. Schumer is using a late night comedian to get free advertising for Democratic policy.
Burn it all down.