Satire, Syria & Late-Night Stumbles

Thursday, September 05, 2013

We've been gauging the questions and concerns about intervention in Syria from all corners this week, and one place with unique challenges is late night comedy.

In entertainment the show must go on, but comedians are having some trouble with that old adage this week as the news out of Syria grows darker and more complex.

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart returned from vacation this week to confront the prickly politics of talking Syria, and The Onion has taken a hawkish approach to covering the news, with headlines like "'Help Has To Be On The Way Now,' Thinks Syrian Man Currently Being Gassed."

So are comedians just baffled by how they should react, or have they taken sides on an issue that necessitates debate?

With us to explain is On the Media producer PJ Vogt. He's also the host of the new blog TLDR, which you can find at 


PJ Vogt

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The U.S. should send Neo-Nazis to Syria and retrain them and remind them that they are anti-Semitic. Only then will Assad focus all his gas attacks back at their true spiritual enemy:Israel.
Certainly, this is a somewhat controversial solution, but gets the U.S. out of putting boots on the ground.

Sep. 05 2013 05:53 PM

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