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Contents Introduction 1 Losing Our Religion 2 "Showmen Is Devoid of Politics": The Roots of Pseudo-Satire and the Rise of the Comedy-Industrial Complex 3 Film at 11:00, Jokes at 11:30: Topical Comedy and the News 4 The Personal and the Political 5 Pay No Attention to That Man in Front of the Curtain 6 Truth versus Truthiness; or, Looking for Mr. Smith 7 For Whom the Bell Dings 8 Laughing All the Way to the White House 9 Irony Is Dead . . . Long Live Satire? Acknowledgments Notes Index
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Television comedies -- United States -- History and criticism.
Television talk shows -- United States.
Television broadcasting of news -- United States.