It is simply a sorry joke to see a political activist like Al Franken labeled a satirist by The New York Times. Attempting to smear and destroy the reputations of those with whom you politically disagree is not satire. If that were the case, Richard Nixon's Watergate plumbers would all be writing for "Saturday Night Live."Now we see you're true motivations, Bill. All your life you wanted to be a comedy and satire writer, but were never taken seriously. Now it's come down to this.
Reminds me of the old X-Files episode: "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man". The CSM is the main villian of the show, but in a speculative/flashback episode, he is shown to moonlight as a writer. His submissions to various magazines go ignored all his life, and he finally realizes he is actually a hack after all and goes after all those who show creativity and insight.
Bill, CSM. CSM, Bill.