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Parodying a Parody: Framing, Satire, Partisanship and Fox News' The Half Hour News Hour.

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Is there politically conservative satire? Conservatives such as Bob Dole, George Will, and William F. Buckley, Jr. are known for their wit, but they are a far cry from broad satirists such as Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert. To address this question, this paper examines The Half Hour News Hour, a news satire program that aired on the Fox News Channel from February to September 2007. This program's mix of skits, mock news segments, and stand-up comedy bits raises new issues about the relationships among satire, framing, and partisanship. On its face, the show appears to be a parody of mainstream news programs; however, the show is best understood not as a parody of liberal-leaning news, but as a parody of The Daily Show itself -- a parody of a parody. The show ultimately fails because a well constructed parody can only be satirized with great sophistication and nuance -- two qualities The Half Hour News Hour obviously lacked.
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Schill, Dan. "Parodying a Parody: Framing, Satire, Partisanship and Fox News' The Half Hour News Hour." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 96th Annual Convention, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p424106_index.html>

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Schill, D. "Parodying a Parody: Framing, Satire, Partisanship and Fox News' The Half Hour News Hour." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 96th Annual Convention, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p424106_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Is there politically conservative satire? Conservatives such as Bob Dole, George Will, and William F. Buckley, Jr. are known for their wit, but they are a far cry from broad satirists such as Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert. To address this question, this paper examines The Half Hour News Hour, a news satire program that aired on the Fox News Channel from February to September 2007. This program's mix of skits, mock news segments, and stand-up comedy bits raises new issues about the relationships among satire, framing, and partisanship. On its face, the show appears to be a parody of mainstream news programs; however, the show is best understood not as a parody of liberal-leaning news, but as a parody of The Daily Show itself -- a parody of a parody. The show ultimately fails because a well constructed parody can only be satirized with great sophistication and nuance -- two qualities The Half Hour News Hour obviously lacked.


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