One more point to be made about this portion of Mr. Emmett Rensin's ponderous exegesis on Smugness of the Left:
Financial incentive compounded this tendency — there is money, after all, in reassuring the bitter. Over 20 years, an industry arose to cater to the smug style. It began in humor, and culminated for a time in The Daily Show, a program that more than any other thing advanced the idea that liberal orthodoxy was a kind of educated savvy and that its opponents were, before anything else, stupid. The smug liberal found relief in ridiculing them...
The reason why we on the Left cherished a couple of half-hour-long, basic cable comedy shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report was not merely that were smart and snarky and well-informed, but because that they were so much smarter and better informed than the claptrap that was passing for "serious news" on America's professional news and public affairs programs.
At their peak, the core of both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report was really not a lot more complicated than pointing a camera at whatever jaw-droppingly awful acts of madness or sedition the Party of Lincoln was perpetrating that day and finding some new way of saying "What the absolute fuck is wrong with these people?" Or showing a clip of one of the stars of Fox News staring soulfully into the camera and declaring with deep and patriotic conviction the exact opposite of what they had sworn on the lives of their children they believed just a few months or days or hours before.
And since the Party of Lincoln has run up such an impressive record of shitting the bed massively and publicly pretty much every single god damn day for the last 20 years, putting such stories together four days a week was like dynamiting fish in a barrel.
And here's the thing: pretty much any "story" about the unchecked madness and unprecedented recklessness of the GOP could have and should have been reported as important news about the perilous state of our democracy by any or all of America's Very Serious news and public affairs programs. But for reasons which they never deign to explain to us mere peons, the very wealthy corporate employees who were supposed to bring the public important news about the state of our democracy have chosen not to do so. Instead, our national conversation has been hijacked by the Conservative propagandists of Fox News and their Both Siderist enablers who are deeply embedded in every other network and cable news outfit.
You see, all we on the Left every really wanted was for the highly-paid Very Serious People of American poliitcal journalist to do their fucking jobs. But since they chose to sell us out rather than defend and inform us, we finally turned to the only people who dared to speak the obvious truth about the country that was coming apart around us.
The court jesters: