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Palate Cleanser: The Daily Show Mercilessly Mocks San Fran’s Happy Meal Ban

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 8:12 am

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The especially fun part is when they stump the law’s primary backer with an example involving Netflix:

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You see, its hypocritical to say that you can’t force Netflix to send everyone a copy of Super Size Me, on one hand, and… oh, wait, no, Daily Show… Don’t do it! You’ll give him ideas!

I walked away from The Daily Show a few years back when they devolved into “here’s the Democratic talking points, however dishonest, with jokes!” They always leaned left, but it used to be that they wouldn’t put up with actual B.S. from liberals. The only thing that seemed to break it up for a while was the presidential primary in 2008, because then there was no clear “liberal” answer to many questions. Then when the nominee was chosen, they went back to just aping the Democratic talking points, mainly. But this clip suggests maybe I need to watch again and see if they improved.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

17 Responses to “Palate Cleanser: The Daily Show Mercilessly Mocks San Fran’s Happy Meal Ban”

  1. There’s an “a” in cleanser.

    Mike K (568408)

  2. The especially fun part is when they stump the law’s primary backer…

    Painfully hilarious. And the guy walked right into it.

    Kman (d30fc3)

  3. Lots of fun.

    But… it seemed funny to me in a different way. Was that video legit? Did they really interview this guy, or was that a cut-and-paste job? No objections, since the guy deserves to be mocked – but it might be best not to count on that being a literal rendition of his argument.

    Gesundheit (cfa313)

  4. A brilliant piece. As usual. The McCain Muppet last night was hilarious. Given the turnaround time for their writers, the consistency is exceptional. Leaves SNL in the dust.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  5. Excellent video! The food police guy really looked dumb.

    Death Panel Clause (3aa1fd)

  6. It blows my mind that Viacom puts out better material than Newscorp. But this is great stuff.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  7. @7 “It blows my mind that Viacom puts out better material than Newscorp.”

    ROFLMAO Perhaps you should look closer– most of the comedy material– usually the funniest stuff on The Daily Show– are clips drawn ‘right’ from Newscorp’s Fox.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  8. Viacom has some of the douchies policies (and I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t know this already).

    Many of their funny clips do relate to FNC, but the funniest stuff they have is South Park and mockery of political douches. They also have been much harsher to CNN than they’ve been towards FNC, with good reason.

    You were too busy at Langley, piloting your SR-71, to catch this, but if you think their mission is only to bash FNC, or their funniest stuff has been that project, you’re missing at least 90% of their good material.

    Of course, if you’re a partisan hack seeking a self congratulatory bubble, you ignore that stuff.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  9. @9- FNC is their go to. CNN is the target d’jour. Easy laughs to kick’em when they’re on the downslide. Sanchez was a gold mine. FNC is just the gift that keeps on giving. They’re EEO lampooners. Frankly, if you can access some CNN footage from 15 or 20 years ago it was a much better ‘rip-and-read’ styled news operation. ‘News’ was the ‘star,’ not personalities. More’s the pity.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  10. TV is an awful place to get news, and it was particularly poor on CNN 15 years ago. They were just liars. I recall that idiot in the hotel pretending to get bombed. They made deals with genocidal maniacs.

    FNC is a step up in conveying information. It’s still TV, though, and you can only get so much information in a period of time. The internet is the reason the Tea Party was able to happen.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  11. Dustin – Careful, or it will regale you with its tales of rubbing shoulders with Gunga Dan Rather and Rush the Limbaugh. IMP knows things.

    JD (1ee2fa)

  12. @11- Nah. CNN was a pretty sound news organization back then given the alternatives at the time, but yes, agreed, television in general remains a limited portal for news gathering in general– such is the limitations of the medium. Back in ’86 CNN covered the Challenger mess live when other TV outlets faultered, though. Print– text on the web now– still adds depth and perspective. You can slam Arnett all you want but the evening the war began remains riveting television, even though it was essentially a radio broadcast. Frankly CNN’s coverage of the collapse of the Soviet Union stays with me most. Amanpour on a roof top with tank fire in Moscow- live. Amazing stuff. FNC is just an outlet w/a particular POV. So are the other cablers. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as the viewer recognizes it for what it is. Your preference reveals your own POV so your ‘step up’ is down market and to the right programming. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Your choice. My broadcast preferences are NBC News and MSNBC – seasoned w/Colbert & Stewart. And the reason the ‘tea party’ materialized is because the existing parties were failing the expectations of a slice of the electorate- and its not limited to the right. The web was a conduit. If history is a guide, it most likely it’ll be absorbed into the GOP– but it’s early and time will tell.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  13. ^tell us again about your fascinating conversation with Von Braun in your underwear, World’s Most Interesting Man.

    Dmac (498ece)

  14. @14
    with Von Braun in your underwear

    I’d certainly be interested in learning how Von Braun came to be wearing his underwear.

    P.S. Okay, so it’s a blatant rip off of Groucho’s Captain Spaulding… so sue me.
    P.P.S. Um, maybe I shouldn’t have said that last bit on a blog full of lawyers…

    malclave (4f3ec1)

  15. ^tell us again about your fascinating conversation with Von Braun in your underwear, World’s Most Interesting Man.

    Comment by Dmac — 1/6/2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Thanks for the reminder about this pretty awesome song I haven’t listened to in a while. Will let you guys determine if it fits.

    no one you know (a8b794)

  16. “We have no power to force Netflix, or a private company like that, to change a business practice….”

    I don’t watch the Daily Show, and I don’t know how it’s put together, but damn, I burst out laughing when I heard that.

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (e09322)

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