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Political satire in the 2016 election




U.S. President Barack Obama (L) chats with Daily Show host Jon Stewart during a commercial break in taping on October 27, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) chats with Daily Show host Jon Stewart during a commercial break in taping on October 27, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
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Past presidential elections have included a much less interesting group of candidates, making satire much easier to deliver.

But with so many hot personalities vying for presidency in the current election, has political satire become ineffective? Donald Trump, for example, has been a popular choice for the media, but has been able to persevere with the help of his stance against political correctness.

Given the state of the election, what purpose does satire serve?

Guest:

Sophia A. McClennen, Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University; Co-author, "Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Mockery and American Politics" (Palgrave Macmillan; 2014)