Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Meyers and Colbert preview Episode 3, Season 4 of 'The Worst Wing' — the impeachment trial begins

I concluded Meyers, Colbert, and Noah take closer looks at impeachment moving to the Senate and Parnas testimony to begin season 4, episode 2 of 'The Worst Wing' by telling my readers "That's it for Episode 2 of 'The Worst Wing.'  Episode 3 should begin next week when the impeachment trial in the Senate really gets going.  Stay tuned."  Now that MLK Day is passed, it's time to get back to work.  Both Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert wasted no time by previewing the episode, AKA this week in the Trump Administration and campaign, and its plot about the impeachment trial beginning in earnest.

Late Night with Seth Meyers may air later, but it uploaded Trump Prepares for Impeachment Trial After Lev Parnas Bombshell: A Closer Look to YouTube first.

As he faces only the third Senate impeachment trial in history, the President is desperately trying to soothe his ego and pretend he doesn’t know the key players in the scandal.
Seth's segment looks like the openings of many shows that air weekly, which begin with the narration "Previously on 'The Worst Wing...'" and then show a series of clips from previous episodes that bear on tonight's show.  It's a recap, not a preview, but it prepares the viewers for what they are about to watch.

On the other hand, Stephen Colbert's monologue, Trump's Legal Team Insists That 'Abuse Of Power' Is Not Impeachable, does preview how the week in Washington is likely to begin.

President Trump's lawyers hit the Sunday political shows to push the idea that there should be no impeachment trial because the abuses of power Donald Trump is accused of are not technically crimes.
First, a bunch of "vengeful zombies" is on the nose.  As someone who blogs about zombies, I appreciate the image.  Second, Trump's hiring Dershowitz and the rest of his legal team because they perform well on television reminds me that I wrote "Trump isn't staffing an administration; he's casting a reality show."  This even extends to his defense team, which Wonkette lampooned in Let's Meet Donald Trump's All-Star Impeachment Defense Team Of ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?*  I am already finding them entertaining, in a comic book/James Bond supervillain kind of way.  Good for them, but bad for the republic, that they have a jury in the Senate who will likely be receptive to what passes for their arguments.

Stay tuned, as the episode has just gotten underway.  I'm sure I'll be back with more recaps from comedians and maybe a serious news source or two as the week goes on.  In the meantime, here's a reminder of where I got the meme "The Worst Wing."

*Yes, I know Wonkette is biased, as I noted in Wonkette reacts to its Media Bias Chart placement, an update to 'A comparison of two measures of media bias shows readers and viewers respond to both ideology and quality', but they are both perceptive and funny.

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