Sunday, December 27, 2015

Game show politics

Linking politics to game shows has become achingly commonplace, especially with the rise of Donald Trump in the 2016 race.

For the most part I just ignore the stories, which have gotten way too clichéd and arch. But when somebody tells the story in pictures, well, the cliché turns a little more bearable. Which is what Powerline, a political blog, did this weekend with the Miss Universe screw-up by Steve Harvey (of Family Feud fame, of course).

In case you didn't notice from the linked "Week in Pictures" feature, Powerline is a right-wing blog. Its moment of glory came in the Dan Rather disaster, when the blog's lawyerly - three of the five writers on the site are, yeah, lawyers - dissection of Dan's goofs proved fatal to the former CBS newsman.

It's more than a little ironic that the site uses Steve Harvey's faux pas at the beauty pageant to attack Obama and the Democrats. Harvey's actual politics mostly consist of Obama butt-smooching. But then Powerline also uses Steve to dump on the Dallas Cowboys (see the screenshot). I don't know if Steve is as big a fan of the Cowboys as he is of Obama.

The site's best shot doesn't feature Harvey directly. They show Harry Truman holding up the iconic newspaper headline: "Colombia Defeats Philippines."

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