Sophia A. McClennen

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The Stephen Colbert legacy

If you were following politics over the last few election cycles, you were most likely getting some of your information from satire. In fact, research has shown that in today’s political climate, satire has become one of the most influential sources of public discourse in our nation – especially for younger voters. Sometimes, satirical news shows even create news of their own that’s later reported on by mainstream outlets.

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10 Reasons It Sucks to Lose 'Stephen Colbert'

As we prepare for the end of The Colbert Report, it is time to reflect on exactly what we are losing as Stephen Colbert retires his character and moves on to host The Late Show. Sure it’s a great move for Colbert. Sure it promises to invigorate late-night comedy and give Colbert a chance to show us the full range of his skills as a performer. But let’s be serious, there is a huge loss here and that loss is the brilliant character Colbert crafted.

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Evil Fox News idiocy, unchecked: As Stephen Colbert departs, demented loons set to run free

“The Colbert Report” officially ends Thursday and with it goes one of the most important satire personas in our nation’s history. Following in the footsteps of Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard and Samuel Clemens’ Mark Twain, Colbert’s persona offered us an exaggerated version of one of our nation’s deepest social ills and, as with his counterparts, his focused on a main source for unsophisticated thinking. Colbert’s target? Pundits.

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Stephen Colbert schooled Fox News hard: Comedy, Bill O’Reilly and the exposure of right-wing patriotism lies

As we enter the final days of “The Colbert Report” there is much speculation about what will come next for the comedian when he goes on to host “The Late Show.” One of the most important shifts for Stephen Colbert will be that he will no longer be performing in character as a parody of a right-wing bloviating pundit. While that shift might signal a welcome opportunity for greater creative license for Colbert, it’s worth remembering the unique features of Colbert’s character we will soon be losing — features that include Colbert’s special brand of patriotism.

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Doug Miles interviews me on *Is Satire Saving Our Nation*?

Radio host Doug Miles interviews me for his podcast on Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Doug Miles Media

Check out my interview on *Is Satire Saving Our Nation?* with syndicated radio host Jeff Schechtman

“We live in an ironic age. The speed of modern communication, juxtaposed with the traditional entrenched problems we face, provides a disconnect that only humor can bridge.”

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Interviewed on “Is Satire Saving Our Nation?” by Jean Dean for Tristate Radio

Sophia McClennen was interviewed on her new book, Is Satire Saving Our Nation? by Jean Dean for Tristate Radio on November 18. To catch her part of the segment scroll to 22:00.

Fox News misleads about Jon Stewart: Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and the insane new partisanship

Jon Stewart has been on the interview circuit to promote his new film, “Rosewater,” but many of his comments have turned to partisan politics and the pundits who encourage them. Interviewers have not been able to resist the urge to talk about Stewart’s thoughts on the midterm elections, on immigration, and on the legacy of Obama. But what has been really interesting to watch is Stewart’s comments on Fox News and on commentators like Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly.

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Jon Stewart’s war on propaganda: Hannity, Cruz sound as dogmatic as fundamentalist Iranians

“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, “Rosewater,” premiered last week amidst a great deal of media buzz. The film stars Gael Garcia Bernal in an adaptation of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari’s account of being imprisoned and tortured after reporting on the post-election violence in Iran in 2009.

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