In Defense Of Late Night Comedian TV Hosts

In Defense Of Late Night Comedian TV Hosts

They get a lot of backlash... but here's why they're the saviors of the modern era.
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Late night comedian hosts receive an onslaught of criticism in today’s media landscape. People - mainly those in the conservative media - just love to hate on late night comedians, calling them “liberally slanted”, biased, and “pushing the Hollywood liberal agenda.”

As an avid late night viewer, I will tell you upfront that my views on comedians will be slanted: I personally love watching comedians like Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah, my British homeboy John Oliver and more because despite the fact that they’re all on different networks with different companies and have different views on issues facing society, they all have one goal in common: to make us laugh.

That’s it, that’s all it boils down to. While sure they all go viral with their ruthless takedowns of the President and have their ridiculous antics for their season finales, they do all of this to make us laugh! That is what is at the core of every late night talk show that’s on TV right now.

So then, if that is what late night shows are all about, then why do we keep on seeing some of the hosts getting into feuds with political pundits on cable network shows (*Cough* Looking at you Mr. Hannity! *Cough*)?

Simple: Because all of the Sean Hannity’s and Rachel Maddows of the TV world forget that late night talk shows are aiming to hit at a specific target audience that they themselves are not hitting: the prized 18-49 demographic. Additionally, political pundits seem to think as if late night talk shows are actual news shows, when in fact they’re anything but. (If you need any proof of this, just hop on over to The Daily Show’s Instagram bio.) And before you bother to @ me saying things like “Oh but all the hosts report on the news or something, don’t they?”, yes I realize they do this, but they then immediately follow through with their commentary and jokes on the matters at hand.

The difference between political pundits and late night talk show hosts is that the hosts openly express their bias’ to their audience in a charismatic manner. This disarms the negative tone and mood of the news they comment on and makes the audience trust in what they’re saying in their commentary. Through this disarmament, some hosts may seem as if they have an agenda, but as I’ve said, all they want to do is to make their audience laugh and have them keep tuning in every night. It is through the monologues, segments, interviews, you name it, that the hosts present their views, which is perfectly acceptable.

All humans have a bias, that’s what makes us human. In my view, late night comedians are allowed to express their views because they back up their views by sharing their real world experiences, citing facts from well known sources and research, and by using media to prove and discredit the hypocrisies and realities of society.

Late night comedian hosts are truly the saviors of this crazy news-filled era that we live in. The hosts are just trying to make fun of the world we live in. And come on, in a world where there’s just so much unfortunate news happening everyday, don’t we all deserve to laugh even in the darkest of times?

Cover Image Credit: Elliot Sloman

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The 10 Most Important Things You Need To Know About Relationships

Without communication, there is no relationship; without respect, there is no love; and without trust, there is no reason to continue.
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When you see an old couple holding hands or sharing romantic kisses while sitting on a park bench, doesn't that spark warm feelings of love and happiness in your heart? Doesn't it make you think about how they maintained their relationship for so many years when couples you know have trouble making it past six months? And of course, some people are not made for each other and so their relationship just simply doesn't work. But then there are couples who give up the minute an obstacle comes along, which makes you think their relationship wasn't truly important to them in the first place. What everyone has to understand in order to preserve a strong, happy, and prosperous relationship is that love is colorful, and the same kind of love doesn't exist for everyone. Being in a loving relationship that continues to thrive, I'm going to share some of the few things that I believe should exist between two lovers who want to sustain their prosperous relationship.

1. Communication

Communicating with your partner is essential. I'm sure you've heard it before, but communication is key. If something is bothering you or what your partner wants to do isn't what you're interested in, say something! Neither you nor your partner are mind readers, so how are they supposed to know how you feel if you keep your feelings bottled up inside? Not speaking up and communicating your ideas, feelings, desires, and wants is unhealthy because one day you might blow up and say some things you'll either regret or feel sorry for saying. Communicate to find a middle ground in your relationship because it's unfair for one person to constantly accommodate the other. Relationships cannot grow without communication, so don't be afraid to speak your mind and embrace your thoughts.

2. Trust and Honesty

A relationship cannot continue without trust and honesty. By being honest with your partner, they have no reason to doubt you or not trust you. Trust is vital in a strong and successful relationship because you don't want to think twice about what your partner says or does. Almost anything can be acceptable in a relationship as long as you're honest with your partner. Being in a relationship doesn't mean that everything else in your life has to change. You can still see your friends, go out, and be your own person, but be honest with your partner with whatever you do because by hiding something from them, you might be giving them the perfect reason not to trust you.

3. Forgiveness

No relationship is perfect. That's because none of us are perfect. People make mistakes in everyday life in the same way that people make mistakes in relationships. Of course, there are some things that are unforgivable, such as cheating on your partner (at least in my eyes), because it means that your relationship didn't mean much to you anyway. But, most things can be forgiven. Forgiveness is extremely important and necessary in a relationship because we have to accept and be reminded that we aren't perfect. So if I bailed on you because something important came up or you had a bad day at work and said some things to me that should have been directed at someone else out of anger, it's okay. Sometimes all it takes is a simple I'm sorry and I forgive you.

4. Respect and Appreciation

Without respect and appreciation, there is no love. How can you disrespect the one you love and care for? Exactly: it's hard to find an answer. Respect is the foundation of a healthy relationship. Respect your partner by choosing your words carefully, honoring boundaries, being willing to compromise, showing consideration, and protecting your partner. Make sure you're being respected by knowing your worth, acting honorably, setting and upholding boundaries, being a man or woman of your word, and showing respect for yourself. Appreciate your partner for who they are, the things they do for you, the support they give you, and the growth that they contribute in building your own identity.

5. Emotional Support

Real men don't cry is a load of bullshit. I have been blessed to be surrounded by a few strong and courageous men in my life who I've seen shed a tear or cry when losing a loved one or simply out of pure happiness. We all have emotions and though we try to hold them in check, those emotions sometimes boil over. In relationships, it's important to show emotional support for your partner, regardless if they are a man or a woman. So when your partner is going through a tough time or is struggling for whatever the reason might be, stray away from the pathetic Be A Man go-to phrase and be their shoulder to lean on. If your partner knows that you're emotionally there for them, they might have an easier time opening up to you in the future.

6. Humor

Sharing laughs and smiles with the one you love is extremely important. After all, being in a relationship is sharing your life with someone you care for, cherish, and have fun with. Being able to joke around and laugh with one another is extremely healthy for your well-being and the relationship. It's not just about fun and games, but it's also no fun to be so serious and stern about everything. Keep your relationship alive with some humor, adventure, and daily laughs to see the smile of your loved one!

7. The Magic of Small Things

The small things in life are actually not that small. There are times where the smallest deed can make someone the happiest and that's usually because the small things are the most thoughtful ones. Preparing breakfast when your partner is too tired or surprising them with an iced caramel latte on their way home from work can be enough to make their day. The small things really do count and they are remembered more than you might think. There's something magical in knowing that your partner feels appreciated and happy that they have the privilege of calling you mine. And the small things can do just that.

8. Sharing Interests

Having things in common with the one you love and sharing interests with your partner is perfect because neither one of you need to accommodate the other! There will be days where both you and your partner will not want to do the same things and a middle ground will have to be met, but sharing interests makes it easier when looking for fun things to do and finding things to talk about! Having a few similar interests like bike riding or playing football allows you and your partner to have your "thing," the thing that brings you two together. Liking similar things is also a perfect conversation starter, but also talking about your dislikes and things that you don't agree on can spark an intense and even more enticing conversation!

9. Celebrate Achievements

The happiness you feel because of your own achievements should be the same feeling you get when your partner accomplishes something they've been striving for, no matter how little it may be. Whether it be winning the Noble Peace Prize, having a 4.0 GPA, or hitting a new record at the gym, no achievement should go unnoticed. Being proud of your partner's achievements can strengthen your relationship and bring the both of you closer together.

10. Love and Affection

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. This might strike you at first, but what's the point of being successful, rich, happy or really anything else if you have nobody to share it with? Love is one of life's greatest gifts. It brings people together and allows them to build a life that some can only dream of. But sometimes love is not enough to maintain a prosperous and healthy relationship. That's because relationships aren't easy, people are so different from one another, and relationships take much effort and patience. But in the end, if you don't have love in a relationship, you really don't have anything. Take the time to show your partner some affection, to make alone time a priority. The kisses, hugs, and even sex is something that in the end does make a relationship healthy. But without love, all of that means nothing.

Every relationship struggles, but only strong relationships get through it. Take the time to focus on these ten things that are important in keeping the love alive and feelings between you and your partner strong. And most importantly, remember that no one falls in love by choice; it's by chance, and no one falls out of love by chance--it's by choice.

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I Can Be A Conservative And Still Hold Liberal AND Moderate Beliefs

Being liberal and conservative is a real thing. I'm one.

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Being a young conservative mind is one thing, but when you promote conservative values and then publicly disagree with something that is Republican/conservative based; you inevitably end up getting bashed for it.

First and foremost, I have always supported President Trump. This does not mean that I have to agree with everything he says. I refuse to be brainwashed and sheep-like. I have my own set of values, and I stand for what is right and best for this country.

Now you're thinking "well, then that's not conservative." Definitionally, conservative means "holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion." The key word in this definition is "cautious."

I am cautious about change, and being non-supportive of things like the attempt(s) to overturn Roe V. Wade is something I am extremely wary of.

Those beliefs do not make someone less conservative, less Christian, or less of a person.

I still believe in tradition. I support the death penalty in certain cases. I believe that oil and gas are good resources for energy, although we must be aware of how much we use as well as the research being done that will help us find more environmentally friendly ways to use/produce energy. I'm against physician-assisted suicide unless they are set to die with no chance to live. The second amendment is something that I will always protect. With the way the government is being currently running, I think it is important for us to remember that we do have the right of revolution if it comes down to that. Homeland security is very important, and it needs to be conducted in any way that promotes safety. I think that taxes should be lowered and that the government shouldn't take huge chunks of money from Americans. Private property is private property, the government has no right to seize it or use it in any way (unless, for some reason, the third Amendment came into play.)

I also have a small set of liberal beliefs.

Global warming is real.

Immigrants should be able to legally enter the country, and we should make the immigration process quicker and easier for people that want to come to the USA for a better life.

Separation of the church and state is necessary, and it should not be expressed in the government especially to make decisions. There are many different religions in the United States, meaning we cannot force one certain religion on the people.

Same-sex marriage should not be an issue because it does not have an impact on anyone's personal lives, besides the people that get married. It also doesn't pose any long or short term negative effects.

Aside from those beliefs, I have a set of beliefs that lay somewhere in the middle.

I support the welfare system but I also think that people should have to go through a set of "self-help" actions to slowly gear themselves away from being dependent on welfare.

I do not think we should go to war, but I do think it is important to do whatever we have to do to keep terrorism out of the United States; even if that means going to war.

Social security is important and we need to do what we can to mend it, but we cannot put our economy at an even higher risk than it already is to do so.

If you are happy, and your decisions do not have an impact on my life, then I'm happy and I will gladly mind my own business. As long as our economy, safety, and personal lives are not infringed upon; new sets of laws should be allowed.

The local/state government should not have such a power to dramatically go against federal law or threaten the constitution. There is nothing stopping them from doing this because they (state) find loopholes in the fine lines. We the people can put a stop to this, and we can use one of our greatest rights; the right to vote.

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