Jon Stewart famously took pride in pointing out the oft ridiculous practices of cable news — and as of Wednesday, it’s safe to say that torch has been passed down to fellow Daily Show alum Samantha Bee.
The Full Frontal host began her latest broadcast by pointing out that “the only FBI drama most Americans expected to unfold on TV were the upcoming seasons of Twin Peaks and The X Files,” but that all changed once President Donald Trump chose to terminate FBI Director James Comey amid the ongoing investigation into his alleged ties to Russia.
“Our dumb Democracy ran into a wall with a bucket on its head again,” Bee surmised, before referring to Comey’s firing as just the latest example of the “slow-motion clusterf—k of impulsiveness and ineptitude that this White House is famous for.” She then turned her attention to how the “shockwave bombshell earthquake” news was covered by the cable news giants, all of whom aired live coverage of Comey’s SUV on an L.A. highway as if he were O.J. Simpson in a white Bronco.
“The cable news networks flipped out for six hours without a single commercial break, which means Americans spent the whole evening not knowing who to call about mesothelioma, [or] what pill to take for opioid-induced constipation,” she said, sarcastically. “They say those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, but last night, those who remember history got pretty repetitive.”
Case in point? The montage that followed, featuring cable news pundits comparing Trump’s firing of Comey to President Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre, during which he terminated the independent special prosecutor who was investigating the Watergate Scandal. Ending on a clip of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews accidentally referring to the event as the “Saturday Night Live massacre,” Bee was then reminded of a short-lived Aaron Sorkin drama.
“Wasn’t that the working title for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip?” she asked.
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