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Colbert's Irony and Twitter Don't Mix

One of the unwritten but widely respected rules of satire is that somehow, somewhere, someone simply isn't going to get the joke. And if they don't get the joke, you get taken seriously about something you don't really believe.

News Candy for the Ears

If television is chewing gun for the eyes, as an old saying goes, the Malaysia Airlines mystery plane has turned cable television news into candy for the ears.

Rep. Paul Ryan's 'Inner City' Blues

Alas, poor Paul Ryan. After all, as some other fair-minded folks have pointed out, it is not as though Ryan said something that was new, untrue or -- in today's world -- distinctly right-wing.