Moviegoers engaging with “Trump Zoltar – The All Seeing Trump” at the premiere of “Michael Moore In TrumpLand.” AFP
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Absurdity and exaggeration, the two key ingredients of political satire, are no longer as effective in the age of Donald Trump and "fake news" – something that is forcing comedians and talk show hosts to adapt their craft to get a laugh.However, he notes that under Barack Obama, the work had been more challenging for satirists since "the economy was improving and we didn't have any scandal at the White House and we had a president who was widely respected around the world, and was improving America's image around the world".In the age of "fake news," he makes sure his column, which now runs on The New Yorker's website, is clearly labeled as satire and runs in the humor section, lest anyone mistake his jokes for actual reporting.That is a long way from the straight-up political satire of the past, and frankly on the very fringes of parody, even though satirists try to do more than simply raise a laugh.
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