Samantha Bee got her start on the Jon Stewart show. She is a worthy heir, for she’s mastered his techniques of pretending that snarky, fact-free comments about conservatives constitute news or astute political analysis.
On Wednesday, Samantha
It’s clear that the people behind the show are panicking about how effectively the Prager U videos counter the leftist narrative that’s mainlined into the American brain through academia, “news,” and entertainment media.
In fact, progressives are right to panic. Their panic has been counterproductive, though. By attacking Prager U with crude sarcasm and mean statements that an indoctrinated audience perceives as jokes, Samantha Bee created a fundraising bonanza for Prager U.
For those unfamiliar with Prager U, this online learning experience (which makes no pretense of being a formal university) consists of short videos, each of which focuses on a specific topic. The videos are narrated by experts in their fields, whether political analysts, comedians, historians, economists, people who escaped communism, philosophers, and more. The videos are unabashedly conservative, but they deal in documentable facts, logical conclusions, and philosophical analysis and insights.
Just this past January, the New York Times realized that the Prager U videos were providing a powerful counter-narrative to the non-stop leftist drumbeat dominating America’s airwaves and education. Now, Samantha Bee and her writers have realized it too.
Bee’s shtick begins with the obligatory ritual hurling of insults at Fox News. Bee then implies that Prager U is falsely advertising itself as a university, only to acknowledge that Prager U itself acknowledges that it’s not an accredited institution but is, instead, a university in the classic sense; that is, it is a place where people go to learn.
Prager U is actually dangerous. They’re reaching a new, younger audience with bullshit conservative propaganda. They trick kids into thinking their videos are educational even though Prager U is as much of a real college as Monsters University.
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) February 13, 2020
THANK YOU @FullFrontalSamB! $25,000+ raised & counting to ensure we continue to reach more young people with our "dangerous" videos.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation in honor of Samantha Bee to help us continue our impact.
— PragerU (@prageru) February 14, 2020