For example, how glaring is this message from Family Guy:
Is it the fault of a carefully crafted conservative effort to scare their supporters with horror stories of a "liberal media" conspiracy to take their money and property and give it to a Cadillac wheeling "welfare queen"? You know, like when Rush Limbaugh tells his listeners to ignore the "elite" or "drive-by media" as he so frequently calls them, and urges them to listen on obey the sound of his voice for honest and accurate assessments of today's issues.
In this regard, comedians are doing what they have done since the beginning of civilization... speaking truth to power in a way that keeps them "above the fray". After all, it was only the court jester that could make fun of the king without fear of reprise. This seems to be the most effective way to reach the majority of America, these days. It's not that it's bad, but sad. It' sad that we don't or won't take an interest in the dramatic impact of these current events. It's sad we don't want to be bothered with the truth, but would much rather languish in the ignorance and stupidity that validates the way we want to see the world. It's sad that Americans, by and large, are like little children that only take the pink, bubble-gum flavored medicine, that need cartoon dogs and bears to teach them about crime and fire prevention, and need t0 tablespoons of sugar to eat a bowl of Corn Flakes.