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Saturday, June 23, 2018
President Trump

#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah On Trump Blowing Up Our Money In Outer Space

Trevor Noah is nothing if not culturally tuned-in. He knows that as angry and upset as his audience might be about the Trump administration, the words “Beyonce” and “Jay-Z” have been mega-trending since the pair released a surprise album. Maybe the Daily Show audience would like to hear the comic’s take on that. So he […]

June 22, 2018

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Dore Hammers “Bee Word” Laura Ingraham On Border Brutality

Do you feel like cussing-out a partisan Fox News editorial anchor in the bluest possible language, but also slightly remiss to do so following the Samantha Bee vs Ivanka Trump c-word controversy? Jimmy Dore has found a loophole. The YouTube-based liberal satirist calls Laura Ingraham of Fox News a “stupid Samantha Bee-word” in today’s clip, […]

June 21, 2018

#EndorseThis: Jordan Klepper Thinks Pro-Family Separation Trumpists Are In Flatland

Comedy Central anchor Jordan Klepper has scaled the heights of political satire with his faux Fox News orthodoxy, a staple of “The Opposition” that will be sorely missed. Klepper is on fire in today’s monologue, a full-scale assault on “don’t trust ’em” Trump conservatives who refuse to acknowledge the tragedy at the U.S.-Mexico border. The […]

June 20, 2018

#EndorseThis: Stephen Colbert’s North Korean TV Is The Best Thing In America

The line between George Orwell’s 1984 and broadcasts from North Korea’s state-controlled media is very thin. “War is peace! Ignorance is strength! Chairman Kim Jong-un is tall and thin, no matter what President Trump says!” Stephen Colbert produces a hilarious take on DPRK television in today’s clip, which includes one living anchor and one dead or […]

June 14, 2018

#EndorseThis: Conan Reveals Kim Jong Un’s Romantic Movie For President Trump

Reciprocity is the key to any successful relationship. In today’s clip, Conan O’ Brien reveals Kim Jong-un’s loving short film dedicated to his new pal President Trump. Apparently smitten over Trump’s super-cheese short film that debuted at the Singapore summit, the DPRK dictator promises several goodies. Like throwing 45’s political opponents in a North Korean […]

June 13, 2018

#EndorseThis: Kimmel Crushes Fox News For Epic Trump-Kim Summit Gaffe

There’s a phenomenon in presidential politics that can be called the “dictator dance.” A Democratic commander-in-chief will issue executive orders and make unilateral decisions, followed by Republicans yelling “dictator!” Then when a Republican POTUS takes over, he does the same, followed by Democrats claiming he’s being a dictator. Nobody really gets hurt. Leave it to […]

June 12, 2018

#EndorseThis: Bill Maher Guest Explains Why Trump Pardons Fail

President Trump is (sort of) trying to reverse the White House narrative on race. He has pardoned or otherwise granted clemency to three people of color in a row, and floated the idea of many more pardons. Trump is even interested in pardoning Muhammad Ali, though experts agree the move would be a pointless publicity […]

June 11, 2018

#EndorseThis: Mike Pence Soaked By Late Show For Trump Water Bottle Clip

There are hands, bands, and brands in both rock & roll and comedy. Stephen Colbert has become a brand. Like a TV show putting out quirky extras for YouTube fans only, the Late Show team has been tearing it up with unique social media. In today’s video, Backbone’s digital crew begins with Anderson Cooper introducing […]

June 8, 2018

#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah Says Trump Is Messing With The Wrong NFL Fanbase

As cynical as it may be on President Trump’s part, there’s no question that the POTUS helped his popularity with some of America’s less-cultured sports fans when he took sides against NFL players kneeling for the national anthem. “Trump has the high ground. The flag. America,” said Dilbert cartoonist and pro-Trumper Scott Adams in 2017. […]

June 6, 2018

#EndorseThis: Kimmel Slams Trump As Do-Nothing President On 500th Day

It’s a bigly week for President Trump. Monday marked his 500th day in office since taking over for Barack Obama. Jimmy Kimmel notes the occasion in his opening monologue, going through a list of Trump’s “greatest ever” accomplishments. As usual, Jimmy sticks the needle in 45’s hot air, showcasing the President’s vain tweet listing his […]

June 5, 2018

#EndorseThis: CNN Panel Trashes Santorum For Blaming Trumpism On Obama

The presidency of Barack Obama is a historical signpost in the struggle against racism. Policy views may differ, but everyone agrees that Americans voting for Obama not once, but twice, heralded a sweeping change for the better among white voters. Er…make that everyone except Rick Santorum. In today’s clip, Santorum shocks a CNN panel by claiming […]

June 4, 2018
Samantha Bee

#EndorseThis: Sessions Parody Is A Samantha Bee Classic

The journalist’s instinct is to cover today’s clip with an extremely serious tone. Mute the video and Samantha Bee’s biting monologue becomes an all-too-real show of horrors. The host of Full Frontal is hard-hitting between the lines as usual, touching on human rights and animal rights abuses during a full take-down of the Trump administration’s […]

May 31, 2018

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel Sticks It To Roseanne For Getting Kicked Off TV

By now, you’ve probably gotten the play-by-play. Roseanne Barr’s edgy Twitter feed finally went over the top yesterday as the aging sitcom actress tweeted racially-charged insults at former Obama staffer Valerie Jarrett. Retribution is swift in the 21st century. Within a day, the popular show Roseanne has been cancelled by ABC, and its former star […]

May 30, 2018

#EndorseThis: Michelle Wolf Nails NFL For Taking Trump’s Side On Kneelers

To be trite, the NFL has punted. Rather than reach a compromise between stuffy white owners and socially-concerned players hoping to continue making their voices heard, the league recently voted to ban all kneeling for the national anthem. Teams who choose to protest during the anthem, state the new rules, must do so by remaining […]

May 29, 2018

#EndorseThis: CNN Gets Rudy Giuliani To Admit Likely Collusion With Russia

CNN suffered a PR crisis a few months ago after making errors on the air. But slowly but surely, a few hard-nosed and skillful journalists are helping the network regain its street cred among political insiders. In this incredibly-overlooked clip from Memorial Day weekend, CNN’s Dana Bash presses Trump legal henchman Rudy Giuliani about the […]

May 28, 2018

#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Has A New Job Offer For Trump’s ICE Henchmen

Bill Clinton was a proponent of border security. But the Comeback Kid could never have imagined the brutal way a future GOP commander-in-chief would direct the effort. Under President Trump, ICE has been responsible for separating parents and children at the border, brutalizing suspects, and deporting Americans whether they are guilty of crimes or not. […]

May 24, 2018

#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah Says Trump And Sean Hannity Are The Real Animals

Sometimes you gotta feel sorry for President Trump. No, actually…no you don’t. Several days ago, the POTUS referred to Mexican gang members as “animals” in such a context that reporters concluded he meant all undocumented immigrants. Partisans had their say in both directions. But just when we thought it had blown over, here comes comic […]

May 23, 2018

#EndorseThis: Vanessa Bayer Exposes More Of Donald Trump’s Porn Career

There are three noteworthy angles to this video clip of Vanessa Bayer speaking to late-night host Stephen Colbert. The first is Vanessa’s beautiful summer dress. It’s well worth pressing play to see the charming Ms. Bayer wearing it. The third is the discussion of Beyonce’s baby shower (starting about 3:00) at which Bayer was rumored […]

May 22, 2018

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Awards The Nobel Peace Prize To President Trump

Seth Meyers is nothing if not a fair man. To begin his Wednesday monologue, Meyers offers rare praise to President Trump for attempting to broker peace on the Korean Peninsula. Things have been going pretty well, well enough that the North and South Koreans scheduled another round of diplomatic talks in May. The comic surprises […]

May 17, 2018

#EndorseThis: Chris Matthews Says Delusional Trump Can’t Separate Reality And TV

Most of the monologues featured at #EndorseThis are dressed-up for comedic effect. Comics can work from very simple themes and premises, but must dress up their punch lines with misdirection and charm. Trevor Noah likes the slow, meandering start. Samantha Bee likes to throw in a dadaist skit or two. Stephen Colbert has to keep […]

May 15, 2018

#EndorseThis: Bernie Burns Trump For Reneging On Every Bipartisan Promise

Today’s clip is not devoid of pabulum. Before the end, Jake Tapper and 2016 Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hit all of the usual notes. A new book is hyped. Tapper asks if he’ll run for POTUS again in 2020, and the politician doesn’t give a straight answer. Surprising! But the first half of the interview […]

May 14, 2018

#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah Calls Michael Cohen A Human Scam Email

Internet scamming is different than it used to be. Users must now be wary of social media companions who seem too good to be true, fake profiles and schemes aimed at stealing information. Trevor Noah thinks President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen’s corruption and self-serving tactics are hearkening back to a simpler time, when a laptop […]

May 11, 2018

#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Serves Trump Four-Entree Slam On Foreign Affairs

Samantha Bee is one of the most sub-textual comics on TV. While other satirists recite one stand-alone White House joke after another, she always looks for something to tie a monologue together and make it a classic. This time, it’s food – undoubtedly Donald Trump’s favorite subject in private. For an appetizer, Bee places the […]

May 10, 2018

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Fallon Destroys Rudy Guiliani In Surprising Political Take-Down

Americans know what to expect from late-night comic Jimmy Fallon. The reluctant political satirist usually works into his monologue some type of light-hearted Trump impression and a meaningless-but-funny dada sketch or two. Lest anyone be disappointed, Fallon obliges both trademarks here, at the 60-second and 3:10 marks respectively. But wait. Turning political for a change, […]

May 9, 2018

#EndorseThis: Democratic Senate Hopeful Confronts Alan Dershowitz Over Mueller

For those of you waiting impatiently for July 4th (or even the 24th of May), here’s a little early treat courtesy of MSNBC. Fireworks! Richard Painter, a former White House ethics chief now running for Senate in Minnesota as a progressive Democrat, confronts contrarian lawyer Alan Dershowitz for the latter’s attacks on Special Counsel Robert […]

May 7, 2018