Charlie Hebdo, Stephen Colbert, and ‘Real Satire’

Last Friday, THE POLITICO ran an op-ed by Remy M. Maisel expressing a fairly prevalent sentiment—“I condemn the killings in Paris, but…”—in response to the recent terror attacks in France.

The author, who has co-written a book on satire, argues that while violence and terrorism are bad, the attack on Charlie Hedbo might offer a teachable moment as to what constitutes “real satire” as opposed to “pseudo-satire,” and offers some groundbreaking observations such as:

It is, in fact, possible to condemn physical attacks such as the violent one on Charlie Hebdo and the cyberattack on Sony Pictures without also lauding the material that provoked the attacks.

You don’t say.

Blasphemy for Me, But Not for Thee

Twelve killed in Paris. Islamic terrorists executed them in a military-style attack. Why? Because they worked for Charlie Hebdo—sort of the French Mad—which had published cartoons “insulting” to Islam. The murders demonstrated the threat, the reach, and the malignity of Islamism. So it was heartening, at the end of this demoralizing day, to see a consensus on the importance of free speech.