Late-Night TV’s Unbearable Politics Isn’t About Amusing People, It’s About Indoctrinating Them

It’s no secret that the American entertainment industry is an entity almost entirely dedicated to generating profit off of the dissemination of regime-backed ideology. Unless you have the bliss of complete ignorance, you should be well acquainted with the overt virtue-signaling that saturates every album, show, and movie that finds its way into the canon of popular culture. 

More often than not, in the pursuit of creating such content, nominal artists sacrifice the quality of their products to make space for social messaging. This trend is common in comedy and is especially apparent in late-night television, which is one of many reasons why the dinosaur of a format struggles to remain relevant. 

This past week, “The Late Show” hosted by Stephen Colbert on CBS featured Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. With such a star-studded panel, it’s hard to believe Colbert can’t retain the top spot in the ratings.

Because late-night television is little more than a retelling of current events in front of an audience consisting of left-wing focus groups, the conversation between Warren and Colbert emphasized the senator’s opposition to Elon Musk’s business interests in Twitter and her resentment of Musk as a billionaire who “doesn’t pay his taxes” while “dabbling in conspiracy theories on Twitter.”

“Somebody is going to make the decisions about what we see on Twitter,” Warren said. “It can be made out in the open, it can be made in public, it could be made by a commission, we could decide to do that. We could make the rules out there and for anybody to see.”

She went on to posit that she believes decisions about how to regulate Twitter “ought to be made in the open” but didn’t elaborate at all about what that might entail or why the man who purchased the company shouldn’t be able to do what he wants with it.

Colbert’s segment with Moniz opened with the former energy secretary explaining the difference between “tactical” and “strategic” nuclear weapons.

If this sounds stupid, it’s because it is, indeed, rather stupid. From start to finish, watching shows like Colbert’s is a waste of time. Programs like this are seldom written anymore with the intention of entertaining people; after all, when was the last time someone genuinely found joy, let alone relief or escapism, in watching them?

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Author: HP McLovincraft

Seeker of rabbit holes. Pessimist. Libertine. Contrarian. Your huckleberry. Possibly true tales of sanity-blasting horror also known as abject reality. Prepare yourself. Veteran of a thousand psychic wars. I have seen the fnords. Deplatformed on Tumblr and Twitter.

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