Published on March 15th, 2009 | by Allan6
The flabby hand of Government in the mouth of Satire
Satire is what keeps right minded people from going insane during regimes of inadequacy. I submit that the Daily Show and Colbert Report sustained the mental health of America during the Bush years. There is an inverse relationship between the strength of satire’s bite and the depths of ineptitude and moral bankruptcy plumbed by the political class, so if Oliver Callan is going harder on Brian Cowen than usual it should be seen as a barometer of Cowen’s performance.
The real issue here is that RTE is emerging as an unreconstructed mouthpiece of Government, prepared to lean on its own talent rather than risk the disapproval of Leinster House. No better evidence of this is the totally discredited Prime Time, broadcasting as live a prerecorded autocue reading by Maire Hoctor.
Satire allows the venting of steam. Cowen’s people would want to weigh the sensitivities of Brian against the palpable anger on the street, and then back off and let Nob Nation get on with keeping us sane.
(The views expressed in this post, as with all the others, are this here blogger’s personal opinions and don’t represent the views of other contributors)