Greg Gutfeld, National Treasure

  1. SpinozaCarWash

    If we’re serious about shifting momentum in the culture/vision wars, then raising Gutfeld’s profile would be a wise place to start. He’s the closest thing to Jon Stewart in the corporate news media’s “right wing.” A lot funner too, in my judgment.

    Satire is an underrated tool of political persuasion. The Right must use it. An “army of Davids” is not sufficient.  Lacking a counterpart to Comedy Central, Fox News is the only viable avenue for conservative satire. The Five airs too early in the day; Red Eye too late at night. But repositioning one of those shows to a 11 pm EST time slot would expose high school and college students to right-of-center discourse for the first time.  This is the crucial demographic if we want conservatism and classical liberalism to survive as a political movement in this country. (Assuming they didn’t die years ago and we failed to notice.)

    Gutfeld is genuinely funny; we can mostly agree on that.  But what about his command of ideas or his ability to mount and sustain an argument? Stewart is shallow. We need a comedian who can also make the case for conservatism.

  2. hazel krabinski

    Amen Troy!   Wonder if in a couple of years,  Susan Rice will denounce the  Obama Administration because she was forced to say these things to the world, knowing they weren’t true?   Me neither. 

  3. Arahant

    A national treasure?  Are you advocating locking him away in Fort Knox or a museum?

  4. Keith

    “simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received . . .”

    In other words:

    Don’t mess with the propaganda disseminatrix . . .

    :-) 

  5. Joan of Ark La Tex

    I wish he would run for Presidency.

  6. Yeah...ok.

    Gosh, Obama really does have more flexibility now.

  7. Percival
    Keith Bruzelius: “simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received . . .”

    In other words:

    Don’t mess with the propaganda disseminatrix . . .

    :-)  · 8 minutes ago

    The reporters there missed so many followup questions that it is infuriating.  “Based on intelligence she received?”  Who briefed her?  How “involved” were they?  When was this information imparted?  Did the President hear the briefing?  Was he aware of the briefing and the information imparted?  Did he watch her on the news shows and realize that she was insufficiently in the loop?  What actions were taken to correct the “misapprehension” that she was operating under?

    Obama said that “as soon as he heard” he gave the order to protect “his” people.  When was that, exactly?  What specifically was the order?  To whom was it given?  What action was taken?

    Surely, the President’s own actions shouldn’t require much in the way of investigation.  It’s been two months now.

  8. Sisyphus
    Joseph Stanko: Why isn’t Greg on Ricochet?

    Rob has been on Red Eye, so he must have contacts with Greg’s people.  Greg is hawking a new book, can’t you get him on as a guest contributor to promote it?  If he comes on I’ll buy a copy!

    (I’ll probably buy it anyway, but don’t tell him that.) · 10 hours ago

    Right. We’ll keep it quiet.

  9. I. M. Lowdensgutfrende

    Gutfield is far funnier than Jon Stewart, in a totally different way.  I enjoy the Daily Show, parts are very amusing, but Stewart is 100% predictable with a series of strung together schticks—heavily selectively edited clips, followed by cartoonish muggings for the camera, punctuated by Seinfield-ish outrage/despair/whatever.  That’s all it is, over and over.  He does have excellent writers, a slew of them.

    Gutfield delivers crafted monologues that he seems to have written himself, relying very little on anything else but his own presentation.

  10. Indaba

    Oh hoo…would Obama offer as much protection to a male ambassador as he does to a female ambassador. Love this. Keep going.I get so tired of men saying that women are equal, letting them on the playing field but then applying different rules and being nice. Do men realize that they are just losing a job? Do males realize that the women would not return the favour?

    You want to play, then play! Susan Rice, this means you.

  11. Pencilvania

    Gutfeld is razor-sharp and smart.  He almost throws away that last line in this bit, which is a stinging payoff. 

    Jon Stewart enjoys his own jokes way too much.  Lightweight. 

  12. Pseudodionysius

    Gregochet!

  13. Joan of Ark La Tex
    Indaba: Oh hoo…would Obama offer as much protection to a male ambassador as he does to a female ambassador. Love this. Keep going.I get so tired of men saying that women are equal, letting them on the playing field but then applying different rules and being nice. Do men realize that they are just losing a job? Do males realize that the women would not return the favour?

    You want to play, then play! Susan Rice, this means you. · 22 minutes ago

    The left is Borderline. Life of Julia, Defending for Susan Rice as if she is some weak kitten  - women should be offended by how spineless they  portray us. Yet Obama is seen as the Commander in Chief with the War on Women? 

  14. Joseph Stanko

    Why isn’t Greg on Ricochet?

    Rob has been on Red Eye, so he must have contacts with Greg’s people.  Greg is hawking a new book, can’t you get him on as a guest contributor to promote it?  If he comes on I’ll buy a copy!

    (I’ll probably buy it anyway, but don’t tell him that.)

  15. Benjamin Glaser

    Greg on Ricochet!!!

  16. Sean

    Gutfeld was a podcast guest once or twice, very early on.

    Joseph Stanko: Why isn’t Greg on Ricochet?

    Rob has been on Red Eye, so he must have contacts with Greg’s people.  Greg is hawking a new book, can’t you get him on as a guest contributor to promote it?  If he comes on I’ll buy a copy!

    (I’ll probably buy it anyway, but don’t tell him that.) · 31 minutes ago

  17. Joan of Ark La Tex
    Benjamin Glaser: Greg on Ricochet!!! · 2 hours ago

    All the women will squeal! oh well, ….some…

  18. Layla

    I knew *nothing* of Gutfeld before I bought his new book on Kindle. He’s um, a little more vulgar than my typical read. Yeah, OK–a lot more vulgar than my typical read. But I’m not too priggish to admit that The Joy of Hate is absolutely hilarious…and very, very smart.

  19. Melanie Graham
    C

    Gutfeld knew it was Stones, that’s his humor… Some of his most brilliant writing was on HuffPo. He would get those jackals screaming for his blood so breezily.

    So Obama told Rice to lie? I guess that’s the bottom line.

  20. Gus Marvinson
    Sean: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Eye_w/Greg_Gutfeld#Greg_Gutfeld.27s_running_gags

    Gutfeld sometimes deliberately gives inaccurate information about music and bands, such as referring to Coldplay as a “girl group”· 1 hour ago

    Gus Marvinson: I dug the video, but, Greg, that was The Stones and not J Geils playing in the bump. · 5 minutes ago

    Didn’t know that. I’m usually in bed long before he comes on. I stand corrected.

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