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6th Feb '18 5:12:04 PM joeengland
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* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'' actually has several straw men presenting alternate extremes. O'Connor and Lewis are unhinged gun nuts fearful of the government trying to steal their guns, while Senator Ori is a smarmy liberal politician who really does want to take away everyone's guns. Only Lewis is presented with any degree of sympathy, as a deeply traumatized soldier lashing out the only way he knows how. O'Connor and Ori are patently two-dimensional caricatures embodying the fears of both the left and the right, respectively. The writers may have been attempting to balance one stereotype with another, but given the nature of the Punisher it seems to support the bias which builds the senator more strongly, actively justifying aspects of the paranoid worldview which O'Connor and Lewis espouse. At the end of the day, Frank Castle is painted as a hero who saves the cowardly liberal with his guns.

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* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'' actually has several straw men presenting alternate extremes. O'Connor and Lewis are unhinged gun nuts fearful of the government trying to steal their guns, while Senator Ori is a smarmy sniveling liberal politician who really does want to take away everyone's guns. Only Lewis is presented with any degree of sympathy, as a deeply traumatized soldier lashing out the only way he knows how. O'Connor and Ori are patently two-dimensional caricatures embodying the fears of both the left and the right, respectively. The writers may have been attempting to balance one stereotype with another, but given the nature of the Punisher it seems to support the bias which builds the senator more strongly, actively justifying aspects of the paranoid worldview which O'Connor and Lewis espouse. At the end of the day, Frank Castle is painted as a hero who saves the cowardly liberal with his guns.
6th Feb '18 5:06:39 PM joeengland
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* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'' actually has several straw men presenting alternate extremes. O'Connor and Lewis are unhinged gun nuts fearful of the government trying to steal their guns, while Senator Ori is a smarmy, cowardly liberal politician who really does want to take away everyone's guns. Only Lewis is presented with any degree of sympathy, as a deeply traumatized soldier lashing out the only way he knows how. O'Connor and Ori are patently two-dimensional caricatures embodying the fears of both the left and the right, respectively.

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* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'' actually has several straw men presenting alternate extremes. O'Connor and Lewis are unhinged gun nuts fearful of the government trying to steal their guns, while Senator Ori is a smarmy, cowardly smarmy liberal politician who really does want to take away everyone's guns. Only Lewis is presented with any degree of sympathy, as a deeply traumatized soldier lashing out the only way he knows how. O'Connor and Ori are patently two-dimensional caricatures embodying the fears of both the left and the right, respectively. The writers may have been attempting to balance one stereotype with another, but given the nature of the Punisher it seems to support the bias which builds the senator more strongly, actively justifying aspects of the paranoid worldview which O'Connor and Lewis espouse. At the end of the day, Frank Castle is painted as a hero who saves the cowardly liberal with his guns.
6th Feb '18 4:34:36 PM joeengland
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* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'' actually has several straw men presenting alternate extremes. O'Connor and Lewis are unhinged gun nuts fearful of the government trying to steal their guns, while Senator Ori is a smarmy, cowardly liberal politician who really does want to take away everyone's guns. Only Lewis is presented with any degree of sympathy, as a deeply traumatized soldier lashing out the only way he knows how. O'Connor and Ori are patently two-dimensional caricatures embodying the fears of both the left and the right, respectively.
2nd Jan '18 4:17:17 AM Baeraad555
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* ''Literature/TheCandidatesBasedOnATrueCountry'' focuses on the two candidates for the US Presidency: Democrat Harry Pinko, who is a self-obsessed slacker who just wants get elected so he can {{Troll}} rich people, and Republican Skip [=LaDouche=], a [[GunNut trigger-happy]] former CorruptCorporateExecutive. [[NotSoDifferent Both of them are shameless hypocrites who are only in it for their own benefit and amusement.]] Their respective campaign managers are, in many ways, even ''worse.''
23rd Dec '17 8:34:44 AM Wildstar93
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* Subverted with Mike Baxter in ''Series/LastManStanding'', in that while he's opinionated and set in his conservative ways, he's generally well-educated on the issues unlike the ignorant Kristin and Ryan. Additionally, he's shown to be fairly liberal on social issues like gay rights and is against a few of the Republican Party's policies such as the Patriot Act. He often plays up the hardcore conservative for fun and annoying others, but he doesn't overtly attack others for having contrary beliefs and is willing to listen to liberal ideas.
13th Dec '17 11:04:53 AM drwhom
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* Political memes on social media often distort the other side's views, sometimes beyond recognition, e.g., accusing right-libertarians of believing that Creator/AynRand was an economist.
1st Dec '17 1:39:37 PM Sakubara
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* The Weasel News Network of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' is a direct TakeThat against the Creator/FoxNewsChannel. (Get the pun?) Everything about the network is portrayed as [[CrossesTheLineTwice crossing the line twice]]. For that matter, 90% of the satirical media in ''GTA IV'' is Straw Conservative (at the cost of laughs). ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'' had a talk show where right and left-wing strawmen tried to out-straw each other. Also in ''GTA IV'' there is PLR, a rather blatant Expy of Creator/{{NPR}}, where it has the Straw Liberal viewpoint, but not much of a TakeThat as it is a parody. ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' also lampoons left-wingers and liberals just as much as they do conservatives.

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* The Weasel News Network of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' is a direct TakeThat against the Creator/FoxNewsChannel. (Get the pun?) Everything about the network is portrayed as [[CrossesTheLineTwice crossing the line twice]]. For that matter, 90% of the satirical media in ''GTA IV'' is Straw Conservative (at the cost of laughs). ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'' had a talk show where right and left-wing strawmen tried to out-straw each other. Also in ''GTA IV'' there is PLR, a rather blatant Expy of Creator/{{NPR}}, where it has the Straw Liberal viewpoint, but not much of a TakeThat as it is a parody. ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' also lampoons left-wingers and liberals just as much as they do conservatives. Although it probably doesn't help that conservatives [[MoralGuardians tend to protest]] the game a lot more, explaining why they're picked on more.
20th Nov '17 1:00:35 PM lillolillo
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* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s portrayal in ''ComicBook/Supergirl2005'' drew a lot of criticism as fans cried foul at Kara's DesignatedHero qualities and the sheer force of difference between that version of her and her original portrayal. (The Pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El was cheerful and enthusiastic, responsible and heroic; the Post-Crisis version was obnoxious, whiny, selfish and prone to fighting other superheroes moreso than supervillains.) Ultimately the writers decided to address these complaints by having a MirrorMatch between Post-Crisis Supergirl and an exaggerated knockoff of Pre-Crisis Supergirl, whose sole purpose in the story appears to have been an excuse for the writers to espouse why a flawed, angry Supergirl is ''such'' a better alternative to the "Little Miss Perfect" caricature they paraded out to contrast with her.

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* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s portrayal in the first dozen of issues of ''ComicBook/Supergirl2005'' drew a lot of criticism as fans cried foul at Kara's DesignatedHero qualities characterization and the sheer force of difference between that version of her and her original portrayal. (The Pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El was cheerful quick-tempered and snarky but mostly cheerful, enthusiastic, responsible and heroic; the Post-Crisis version was mainly obnoxious, whiny, selfish whiny and prone to fighting other superheroes moreso than supervillains.) selfish). Ultimately the writers writer Joe Kelly decided to address these complaints by having a MirrorMatch between Post-Crisis Supergirl and an exaggerated knockoff of Pre-Crisis Supergirl, whose sole purpose in the story appears to have been an excuse for the writers Kelly to espouse why a flawed, angry Supergirl is ''such'' a better alternative to the "Little Miss Perfect" caricature they paraded out to contrast with her.her. Fans didn't take this well, and the next writers proceeded to give Post-Crisis Kara a likeable personality and retcon her early characterization as Kryptonite-induced madness and the "match" as an hallucination.
20th Nov '17 10:59:52 AM thatmadork
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** How crazy? Liberals will end up with such goals as [[InterspeciesRomance granting animals full personhood]]. Conservatives will end up with such goals as ''making burning an American flag legally equal to murdering a human being'', under the crime "Flag Murder". Again, worth reminding, it's all PlayedForLaughs.
18th Oct '17 3:53:28 PM supergod
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* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has Lindsay, a SpoiledBrat who affects a fake GranolaGirl persona and a (very shallow) interest in trendy left-leaning causes. Meanwhile, the rest of the family, who have a more conservative leaning, are shown to be just as shallow (or a workaholic in Michael's case), and materialistic to boot.
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