Andy Borowitz wants people to know he’s not a jaded person. Really, he’s not.
Nor is he mean.
Not when he’s writing about George W. Bush’s inability to make nouns and verbs agree, or the voices in Ben Carson’s head, or Sarah Palin’s failure to name a single U.S. Supreme Court decision she disagrees with.
No, in those instances, Borowitz, a satirist for The New Yorker, is hoping to effect change.
“Everybody who is a satirist or does what I do — criticizing things and trying to be funny about it — comes from a place of innocence and earnestness,” Borowitz told a packed audience Wednesday night at The Poynter Institute. “I think the impulse to point out this stuff comes from a misguided view that things should get better.”
Satire, on some level, is supposed to be a corrective exercise, Borowitz said. Read more