June 11, 2007

We Need This Show Why?

Filed under: Brain Poison,Democrats,Republicans — acepundit @ 11:59 am

The “½ Hour News Hour” is the supposed conservative answer to “Saturday Night Live,” because, I guess, we desperately need a balance to SNL. But even if it is nice to see more parodies of the left, the ACLU and their other sacred cows hardly touched on network television, the “½ Hour News Hour” is a horrible vehicle for it. Airing Sunday sometime after midnight on Fox News, the sketch comedy feels forced with its agenda super imposed on the viewer.

The thing about SNL’s “Weekend Update” that some may have forgotten is that it’s not a liberal sketch segment. While it’s true you’ll more often see jokes at President Bush’s expense than anyone else’s, have we forgotten that SNL cornered the Monica Lewinsky era? They make fun of all sides, and during a Republican administration it’s understandable to see more jokes about Republicans.

It’s childish watching the untalented anchors of “½ Hour News Hour” basically say “See, we’ll show them and make fun of liberals. Only liberals!” But worst of all, it’s not even funny. As the Orlando Sentinel correctly remarked, “‘Weekend Update'” on its worst night isn’t this bad.”

Then at times the show just gets plain mean. Michelle Malkin links to a segment featuring Dennis Miller who “barbeques” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a ruthless monologue to awkward studio audience laughs. Agree with it or not, this is not what we want to watch when we turn on comedy.



  1. I thought it was a response to the Daily Show. Either way it’s neither funny or useful. Furthermore, it certainly doesn’t do anything to support Fox News being taken seriously as a news network.

    Comment by The Gentle Cricket — June 11, 2007 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

  2. I am conservative and I thought Miller’s remarks were uncalled for outrageous.

    Comment by Terry Ann — June 11, 2007 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  3. While what Miller said did indeed make some squirm, that’s primarily because it was the scalding truth – every word of it. As for the 1/2 Hour News Hour’s connection to Fox News, it should be readily apparent to even the most casual observer that this is a parody show. While at times brilliant (as in Miller’s assault on the punk Senator Reid), I’ll agree is is more often mediocre and even painful at times. I expect they’ll improve over time if they want to stay on, but don’t confuse the amateurishness of the bulk of the show with the stellar brilliance of Dennis Miller’s incredibly accurate assessment of that idiot from Nevada who calls himself – and every illegal alien who’s managed to scoff at our laws – an “American”.

    Comment by Hal Heiberg — June 11, 2007 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  4. To be sure, I’m not a fan of Harry Reid, and his comment about “undocumented Americans” was either a mistake or a horrible political decision.


    Comment by acepundit — June 11, 2007 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

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