The Daily Show and The Colbert Report: Political Satire

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As increasing economic inequality takes center stage in the American political theater, John Stewart and Stephen Colbert have not missed a single beat. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report utilize a unique synthesis of current issues and satire to provide informative and utterly hilarious programs. Unlike mainstream and established American media outlets, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report comically seek to expose the hypocrisy in media and politics, educating the public to see a different perspective- behind the curtain, if you will. Ever since the Occupy movement of 2011, their focus has been slightly narrowed. Chief among their repeated motifs is the ever-expanding gap between rich and the poor, and how our elected officials are rising to confront this issue. Although Stewart and Colbert are often criticized for a liberal bias, they believe that conservative policies and policy makers have an inherent discriminatory policy against the poor. Through sarcasm and humor, Stewart and Colbert both advocate for economic equality by countering the conservative dogma. Occupy movement, “we are the 99%,” believes that there is an economic inequality between the wealthiest 1% and rest of the population in America. Jessica Williams from The Daily Show agrees and focuses on poverty and hunger in America in “The Real Hunger Games.” Americans suffer the real hunger games as Republicans, as Forbes Magazine columnist John Tammy, want to cut government spending on socially safety networks like Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, SNAP. Tammy believes “food stamps are cruel,” as people are not happy when they are reliant on someone. (Stewart, 2013) Tammy doubts that poverty in the United States is onerous enough to w... ... middle of paper ... ...ervatives are out of touch. Stewart and Colbert satirize this ubiquitous issue of the dichotomy that exists between the rich and the poor, and the injustices that come with it and the idiocy of those too petty to recognize this fact. Stewart and Colbert encourage the audience to question how we take for granted economic inequality and the discrimination again the poor. Works Cited Carvell, Tim. "Slumdogs vs. Millionaires." The Daily Show. Prod. Miles Kahn. Dir. John Stewart. Comedy Central. 9 Jan. 2014. The Daily Show. Comedy, 10 Jan. 2014. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. Colbert, Stephen, prod. dir. "Bug Protein." The Colbert Report. Comedy Central. Colbert Nation, 15 May 2013. Colbert Nation. Comedy, 16 May 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. Schlesselman, Daric. "The Real Hunger Games." The Daily Show. Prod. Miles Kahn. Dir. John Stewart. Comedy Central. 17 Dec. 2013. Television.
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