Similar to Jon Stewart's defense that his show shouldn't be taken seriously because it follows a show with puppets, Franken always hides behind his profession as a comedian - although that's been a questionable assertion for several decades.
Here are just two examples of how funny Franken is in his hatred. From NewsBusters:
Al Franken's Rerun Rove and Libby Execution Remark Draws Laughter From LauerIt's great that such comments generate laughs from the crew in NYC. It's a shame that Lauer didn't take the opportunity to ask Franken about Franken stealing money from the Girls & Boys Club in New York. Or, perhaps they could've framed it in a "humorous" way: "Why haven't you been executed for your involvement in stealing money from poor children?" Oh, that's right... it's unlikely Matt Lauer is even aware of the story since it hasn't been covered sufficiently by the NYTimes.
Posted by Geoffrey Dickens on October 25, 2005 - 11:45.
On Today, at 8:52am Al Franken was on to promote his new book The Truth and repeated his twisted joke from Friday's Letterman in which he predicted that Rove and Libby will be executed for treason. Franken's "joke," drew laughter from Matt Lauer and the rest of the Today show studio. The following is just a portion of this morning's interview:
Matt Lauer: "All right, Karl Rove and Scooter Libby what’s their future? What’s your prediction in terms of indictments? Yes or no?"
Franken: "Oh they, they’ll be indicted. I, I am absolutely sure and this is about, of course, the war in Iraq really. It’s about the justification for the war and smearing Joe Wilson by outing his wife who’s a CIA agent. George H.W. Bush, the President’s father, said, as, when he was head of the CIA, that outing a CIA agent is treason. I, I agree. So I think that Rove and Libby will be executed." Lauer laughed along with those in the studio.
And in this video clip, he shows how tolerant the Left is of criticism. Of course, because he's a "comedian" all of this is just laughed off...
Of course, Rush Limbaugh's "humor" is often used as examples of how much of an extremist he is (feminazis, caller abortions, etc). Perhaps Rush, Glenn Beck, or even O'Reilly should produce a similar clip for their next literary submission.
ARC: St Wendeler