THE WASHINGTON TIMES – JENNIFER HARPER
Trump-bashing is about to jump the shark. A few well-connected journalists and comedians are beginning to get the message that ceaseless criticism of President Trump is losing its edge. Consider insight from Vice — the hipster media powerhouse — about NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” known for its signature “cold open” sequences that plunge into the action without formal credits. Alec Baldwin in the role of Mr. Trump has been a favorite.
“The jokes are tired references to current events that never build on one another. Instead, they are limply tossed out as obvious applause lines to an anti-Trump crowd,” writes Vice analyst Harry Cheadle, who says that the show’s politics are now “indistinguishable from the Democratic Party’s.”
This is not prudent when ratings are at stake and millions of potential viewers could be alienated.
“Your cold opens are terrible, cringeworthy pieces of self-satisfied liberal propaganda that are sometimes so bad they seem like parodies of themselves,” Mr. Cheadle advises the program. “It’s a toxic example of limousine liberalism, millionaires putting on a self-congratulatory show with jokes cribbed from The New York Times editorial page — come to think of it, it’s exactly the kind of un-self-aware institution that a really good comedy show could grind down to size.”
In addition, unbridled politics and repetitive Trump-bashing appear to be compromising the comedic art itself — and the semi-sacred call of comedians to provide humorous respite and clever food for thought. Not everyone in the media-comedy-industrial complex is intent on bashing the president, his administration and the GOP in general 24/7. There are simply more pressing matter at hand.