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Comedy as a Weapon of the Left [Herb Block]
The American Thinker ^ | December 27, 2013 | Susan D. Harris

Posted on 12/27/2013 12:39:39 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

How is it that leftist mockery of conservatives became a staple of popular culture? One of the major sources of the attitude that now pervades the dominant media of our time is a man named Herbert Lawrence Block, aka Herb Block, aka Herblock.

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Thanks to people like Herb Block and his ilk, McCarthy became an American laughingstock, allowing communism and socialism to become "cool" in Hollywood, while Conservatives became unofficially "blacklisted." Sixty years later his methods of using humor and sarcasm for social influence are a template for those still seeking to destroy conservative values.

Block's unyielding support of gun control and unquestioning belief in climate change also succeeded in influencing public opinion....

To help further his ideological legacy,the foundation awards its own 'Herblock Prize.' Among recent winners are editorial cartoonists for The Washington Post, Politico, and a weekly cartoonist for the Daily Kos political blog.......funded with $50 million he bequeathed to,"encourage the art of editorial cartooning and to support charitable and educational programs that help promote and support the causes he championed,"...And while most of us hadn't heard of freshman Senator Barack Obama in 2005, he was the guest speaker that year at the Herb Block Prize & Lecture Awards Ceremony.

Affectionately nicknamed "Herblock," his humorous deflections enabled the Communists of yesteryear to train subsequent generations of America-haters, capitalism-detesters and democracy destroyers.

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Liberals are like schoolyard bullies picking on the new kid. By skillfully employing baseless ridicule they eventually convince the entire school that the new kid is an idiot to be shunned. Never mind the fact that they've never taken the time to get to know him or collect the facts. The destruction of Sarah Palin by condescending interviewer Katie Couric, and...Tina Fey, was a prime example. A shocking number of people still believe Palin said, "I can see Russia from my house."...

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: defineenemies; enemedia; herbblock; media

1 posted on 12/27/2013 12:39:39 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Interesting article.


2 posted on 12/27/2013 2:06:59 AM PST by gattaca ("If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." Mark Twain)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Only one problem with this thesis -- Herblock wasn't funny! His ham-handed and moronic cartoons, inflicted upon generations of readers of the Washington Post, probably did more harm than good to his beloved cause. Liberals read them to affirm their belief system; conservatives just ignored them. Most of the vast middle just shook their heads in wonderment that such a talentless hack could find employment anywhere, let alone one of America's "Newspapers of record."

Satire and cutting humor is indeed a powerful weapon, but I wouldn't trade a single Mark Steyn of a P.J. O'Rourke for a thousand Herblocks any day.

3 posted on 12/27/2013 2:15:03 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Cincinatus

Mark Steyn is an artist with words and ideas (though I like reading him MUCH MUCH more than listening to him).


4 posted on 12/27/2013 2:18:59 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Cartoons Without Humor: The underwhelming oeuvre of Herblock, America's worst political cartoonist
5 posted on 12/27/2013 2:24:00 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Cincinatus
I never thought Herblock was funny either. Picturing then Vice President Nixon with an 8 o'clock shadow and climbing out of a sewer is more ham handed than heavy. Likewise, drawing Sen. McCarthy as an ape may be a political cartoon, but not necessarily funny.

Ann Coulter called Herblock that unfunny cartoonist. She also said that Herblock's lack of humor is what is really funny.

6 posted on 12/27/2013 2:29:50 AM PST by Stepan12 (!)
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To: Cincinatus

Incidentally, Herblock may claim he invented the smear tag, McCarthyism, but he didn’t. McCarthyism was invented by someone in that Communist newspaper, “The Daily Worker.”


7 posted on 12/27/2013 2:43:22 AM PST by Stepan12 (!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It was impressive that the media could use late-night comedy to convince so many young whites to vote against their own interests; they more than any other group are watching the standard of living enjoyed by their parents slip away from them.

I can see why conservatives would be wary of what happened to Sarah Palin; she has been forever cast as a buffoon, and she was much brighter than the bumbling idiot in the White House (who can’t address schoolchildren without his Speak-and-Spell).


8 posted on 12/27/2013 3:06:35 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Stepan12
Ann Coulter called Herblock that unfunny cartoonist. She also said that Herblock's lack of humor is what is really funny.

I came late to the table as far as even noticing the guy's stuff, but Ann Coulter is absolutely dead-on with that observation. When a cartoonist's humor level drops below zero (on the Fahrenheit scale, zero is Garry Trudeau), there is amusement to be had... particularly when their sense of self-importance has been elevated by fellow travelers.

Mr. niteowl77

9 posted on 12/27/2013 3:08:48 AM PST by niteowl77 (Establishment Republicans possess fewer guts than the last gnat that hit the windshield of your car.)
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To: Cincinatus

I don’t see how coining the term “McCarthyism” did more harm than good to Herb Block and not us. I see there is an upcoming HBO special on Block and Jon Stewart - a comedian - and others will be commenting. I respectfully disagree that the vast middle class shook their heads. Looking at our society now indicates otherwise.


10 posted on 12/27/2013 3:46:22 AM PST by JohnBeck
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To: niteowl77

Trudeau has had a few classics.

Years ago, when Donald Trump defaulted on a loan, perhaps on the Trump Tower, he refused a court order to vacate his apartment.

In the cartoon, Trump steps out on his balcony, and, many floors below, there’s a mob in the street screaming, “Jump! Jump!”

Also years ago, Uncle Duke and his female Asian companion Honey are cruising in the Caribbean on Duke’s boat.

Honey: “Sir, I think we’re sinking.”

Duke: “I know. Thank God I’m stoned.”


11 posted on 12/27/2013 3:59:59 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Oh I think the onservatives are getting the last laugh as the stupidity of the left is rxposed one layer at a time. After all, SNL, a haven for liberal comedians and one of the liberal’s own has been making fun of the left for the past year. That speaks volumes.


12 posted on 12/27/2013 4:12:52 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I prefer reading Mark Steyn to listening to him, too. On paper he is right up there with Daniel Greenfield.

On talk radio he sounds like the stevedore father of Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”. Where in Canada do they speak with a Cockney accent?

Anyway, Herblock was an arrogant liberal jerk. I remember him from the gun control debate that began after the JFK assassination. His cartoons depicted the NRA & gun owners as murderous roobs; it was class warfare of the worst kind.

Herblock & his liberal admirers would have confiscated all guns and rounded up the owners into reeducation camps. Yes, he was that bad and he is one of the few persons whose death makes me rejoice to this day.


13 posted on 12/27/2013 4:35:52 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Mark was on fire yesterday on Rush. It was like watching the final fight scene in Karate kid.


14 posted on 12/27/2013 4:40:21 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: JohnBeck

“I respectfully disagree that the vast middle class merely shook their heads. Looking at our society now indicates otherwise.”

How true.

IMHO


15 posted on 12/27/2013 4:48:15 AM PST by ripley
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

George Carlin would go on a rant against Reagan in the middle of his act. It wasn’t funny, but liberal audiences would chuckle. Here in more conservative York, PA, it went over like a lead balloon.


16 posted on 12/27/2013 5:16:16 AM PST by Daveinyork (IER)
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To: Cincinatus

Thanks for the informative link.


17 posted on 12/27/2013 5:19:05 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Mark Steyn is an artist with words and ideas (though I like reading him MUCH MUCH more than listening to him).

I agree. He's great but I can't stand the constant giggling.

18 posted on 12/27/2013 5:20:34 AM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: zeestephen

Best Trudeau ever was three panels of Sen. Teddy bloviating at a press conference and then a reporter in the back of the crowd yelling, “A verb, senator. We need a verb!”


19 posted on 12/27/2013 6:20:35 AM PST by gnickgnack2 (QUESTION obama's AUTHORITY)
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To: TangoLimaSierra
....I can't stand the constant giggling.

Exactly my problem with listening - that, and that he never stops talking. It sets my nerves on edge. But when I read Mark Steyn - it's a pleasure.

20 posted on 12/27/2013 6:38:38 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: elcid1970

***His cartoons depicted the NRA & gun owners as murderous rubes; it was class warfare of the worst kind.***

His “cartoons” bordered on libel. They constantly showed the NRA murdering people and made it look like the NRA was the cause of all crime in the USA.


21 posted on 12/27/2013 7:13:53 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I still have some of his hateful cartoons from spring 1968. Thanks to Herblock and Landslide Lyndon, GCA-68 got rammed through that fall.

My Dad was assigned to NATO HQ in Naples that summer. I bought a Walther PPK for $55.90 at the R&G club. Later sold it, #^%$#!!

The following year the PPK was illegal to import. The PPK/S was `the gun the bureaucrats built’ later in ‘69.


22 posted on 12/27/2013 7:25:30 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: niteowl77
on the Fahrenheit scale, zero is Garry Trudeau

Good observation. I hadn't noticed it until you mentioned it, but you are right. He's not funny at all.

23 posted on 12/27/2013 9:18:28 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The schoolyard bully, part class clown part tyrant, gaining social status with his “talent” for belittling others. The prototype for social conditioning per Saul Alinsky.

That liberal bully can always be defeated by exposing his dirty deeds with the spirit of truth. You lay his nastiness on the table for everyone to see—simply dare him to be straightforward and sincere. Tell him you don’t think he has the courage to make his point without hiding behind sarcasm and ridicule. It’s a show of strength and the liberal bully has no comeback to it. The liberal will never be able to overcome this because liberalism has made truth its enemy.

This is the way to nuke Alinskyism.


24 posted on 12/27/2013 9:44:29 AM PST by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: gnickgnack2

I remember that.

Yes, very funny.


25 posted on 12/27/2013 1:44:30 PM PST by zeestephen
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