By Jon Matthews, Producer/Host, That Radio Show
“People will pay more to be entertained than educated.” (Johnny Carson)
COMMEMTARY – An article from “Townhall Daily” by Mark Davis caught my eye this morning as I panned through my emails. As I read it I suddenly became aware I was subconsciously nodding my head like a bobble doll. I also became aware this nodding had a feeling of cognitive dissonance that happens way too much these days primarily because it induces a sort of nostalgic trance where the end result of the systematic dismantling of our Republic in favor of a delusional Utopian society is becoming all too real in its prophetic inevitability. This saddens me beyond description.
I am not one that constantly lauds the good old days as the canon by which we should look toward the future. There are much of those days I don’t particularly care to remember at least in a personal aspect.
Being raised Catholic led to a period in my life where I rejected God as a hypocrite for over two decades which resulted in wasting much of that time in pursuit of what too many deceptively seek today, a perfect self-made world in which the universe revolves respectively around each one of us void of pain and consequence.
This was primarily due to watching the fallout of my parent’s divorce in an age divorce was still considered a scandal and the subsequent emotional damage to my family (including excommunication from the Catholic Church). These two events drove me into an emotional exile that still to a great degree exists today as the pain of witnessing its affects on my siblings is too exhausting to remedy.
I know this sounds depressing but I’m sure there are many others that through events of their own respective lives can understand and are too are right now nodding their heads in agreement that there is much about the past that needs to remain there. Which is really my point. But back to Davis’ article.
While there are aspects of the past that should remain the past there is much to be said as to how the upcoming change of guard on “The Tonight Show” should bring to our psyche that which is wrong with the present state of our existence as a nation and people.
In some ways this change at “The Tonight Show” should inspire us to revisit the “old days” a time when shows like this were not part of the subliminal conditioning vehicles they have become. These shows and others like them now seek to seduce its audience through another sort of trance, one that conditions them to become ‘True Believers” by embracing blind faith in an unrealistic ideology advanced through Godless hedonistic theology that worships celebrity over character and integrity. Let me explain this metamorphosis.
When “The Tonight Show” began its run in 1954 with Steve Allen as its host with Ernie Kovaks as his sidekick, the talk content was relevant, its humor universally satirical. Guests discussed topics civilly and at the end everyone shook hands. Cultural humor was not taken as slander but acknowledgement that though we possessed diverse idiosyncrasies we were still all Americans reinforcing what we all believed then. Our diversity was our greatest strength bonding us to a common cause and belief that America was the Land of Opportunity.
Allen left the show in 1957 and after a short stint in which NBC tried to turn the show into news features much like “The Today Show” they brought Jack Parr who though more into politics than Allen was able to carry the show until 1962 in the same vein as Allen but interviewing politicians such as John Kennedy.
Parr was I believe perhaps unwittingly was a forerunner to the age that ushered in the progressive subversion we call political correctness we now see practiced today in the media. He was considered politically incorrect in his day, once walking off the show after being censored for talking about toilets in regard to Swedish vernacular that confused “Water Closets” with “Wayside Chapel” both referred to as “WC”. Jack eventually left when it was decided the show would go daily rather than weekly.
In 1962 Johnny Carson was placed at the desk with Ed McMahon as his partner in crime and the show blossomed into a spectacular run of entertainment with very little offered politically. The show made its longest run with Carson until 1992 when he retired and Jay leno was chosen over David Letterman to assume the nightly duties.
It is here the change in the intent of the show began. Leno brought with him the aura of Pollywood. His humor mixed politics and entertainment in the proper amounts needed to establish the progressive atmosphere that NBC now embraces above objectivity and class. This I believe is a proven fact given Conan O’Brien’s short tenure, one in which O’Brien was not afraid to skewer anyone regardless of culture, color or political stance. Conan was and remains the black sheep of late night TV. He is the only one I have watched since Carson left the show.
Which brings us now to the point of this article. Jimmy Fallon, a B-Lister from the low level ranks of SNL, from which we have endured political atrocities Al Franken, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Amy Powler.
Fallon brings no real talent with him but he does have one thing all former hosts lack, a bond and camaraderie with the ignorant electorate primarily comprised of misinformed voters and a dumb-downed collegiate crowd. The stoners and stupid, you could say birds of a feather. The cycle at NBC is complete. The worst that SNL brought us is now on the network’s prime time menu for the daily consumption of their trance like Utopian seekers, the perfect compliment for the delusional narcissists that fill NBC’s pundit lineup.
Obama and his Socialist/Marxist now have the means to amp up their progressive propaganda machine and put it into auto-pilot. Obama has to be happy. It will give him more time away from his constant campaign trail enabling him to take even more vacations. Perhaps he can become a guest host when Fallon needs a break and he is in town for a fundraiser. He could kill two birds with one stone. Donate 5 dollars and get a seat at the show. Or even better. Once he is out of the White House he could become Fallon’s sidekick. Or the other way around.
Jon Matthews is the Producer and Host of “That Radio Show” which airs Monday – Wednesday from 7 – 8 PM (PST) on Blog Talk Radio. He is also author of the soon to be released book, “The Day The Music Died; How Apostasy & Liberalism Have Destroyed Our Republic”. You can reach Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org