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I Just used Oliver as a stand-in for fake-news satirist from English-language television (such as John Stewart).

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 19th, 2015 at 04:07:21 PM EST
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Ah. As a pop-cultural aside, in the late 1990s-early 2000s, there has been a quite successful German version of The Weekly Show (Die Wochenschow on Sat1, which made stars of people like Anke Engelke), and later comedy shows used its style at least in segments. But IMHO Böhmermann's trolling of the MSM was a different class.

What it reminded me of was a different piece of satire: the book Er ist wieder da (= "He Returned"), in which Hitler suddenly wakes up in late 2000s Berlin, and although modern Germany is a cultural shock for him, he aims to return to power by becoming a TV demagogue (with everyone believing he is an actor). The MSM and the media-obsessed political class of the Berlin republic only became worse since then.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Mar 20th, 2015 at 03:42:43 AM EST
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