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Maher, Baldwin, Oliver, Colbert: Political satire thrives in Trump era

Maher, Baldwin, Oliver, Colbert: Political satire thrives in Trump era

Four years ago, when Jon Stewart was signing off the nightly airwaves and Stephen Colbert was leaving the relative freedom of Comedy Central for the more tightly regulated network world of CBS, I worried in these pages about the future of political satire on television.

After all, I argued, just as the press plays an important role in the conversation of democracy, so does political satire. This is especially true of those comedians who critique some of the more absurd and dangerous politicians in ways that legacy journalists cannot for...

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