It's Not All Laughs

When it comes to politicians making fools of themselves, it doesn't always have to be a laughing matter.

Last week, Karl Rove went from political manipulator to cuddly uncle by buying off the Washington press corps with a few lame dance moves. For those of you who think it's inevitable that the probing pens of the fourth estate can be purchased so readily, have hope. A few weeks ago, British Prime Minister Tony Blair performed on the UK version of Comic Relief. Here's what TV critic for The Manchester Guardian, Charlie Brooker, had to say on the issue:

"Did you see that Catherine Tate sketch on Comic Relief the other week? The one where Tony Blair played himself? He gave a fantastic performance. Genuinely - a fantastic performance. He actually made me laugh out loud. Admittedly, not as loud as I'll laugh the day he and Bush are found guilty of war crimes following a six-month show trial at the Hague, but close.

"When he unexpectedly delivered the 'Am I bovvered?' catchphrase, his timing was immaculate - for a second, I guffawed so loudly I almost forgot about the teetering stacks of skulls, the foaming geysers of blood, the phosphor burns, the pictures of young children with their arms blown off, and the constant metronomic background tick-tock of lie upon lie upon lie upon lie upon lie."

Please note that Charlie Brooker is a TV critic - the hard news people were no gentler. You can see the entire text of the article here.

More White House
Sequester Texas
Sequester Texas
White House report details budget cuts for Texas

Jordan Smith, Feb. 25, 2013

Dear Obama, If Texas Secedes, Can We Stay With You?
Dear Obama, If Texas Secedes, Can We Stay With You?
New petition asks White House to make Austin 50th state

Richard Whittaker, Nov. 14, 2012

More Media
SXSW Panel: Good Night & Good Luck: Media in Election Years
Good Night & Good Luck: Media in Election Years
Freedom of press in the age of alt-facts

Mary Tuma, March 13, 2017

Dusting the Velvet
Dusting the Velvet
New online magazine debuts and celebrates with a launch party

Andrea Kinnison, March 27, 2013

More by Richard Whittaker
Drawn to <i>Batman</i> at Wizard World
Drawn to Batman at Wizard World
Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester on voicing the dynamic duo

Nov. 17, 2017

Comics Writer Donny Cates Casts Spells on Doctor Strange
Comics Writer Donny Cates Casts Spells on Doctor Strange
Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme and big bad Thanos get a local scribe

Nov. 17, 2017


White House, Media, Bush, Politics, Tony Blair, Karl Rove, Radio and Television Correspondents' Association

AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)