Friday, September 18, 2015

Millions Watch American Democracy's Final Episode

A photo from last night's Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. (photo: Getty)
A photo from last night's Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. (photo: Getty)

By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker
17 September 15
 
The article below is satire. Andy Borowitz is an American comedian and New York Times-bestselling author who satirizes the news for his column, "The Borowitz Report."

merican democracy, a long-running institution whose popularity endured for over two hundred years, drew millions of viewers to its final episode Wednesday night.
While the official ratings for democracy’s finale will not be available until Thursday, initial reports indicated that a larger than expected number tuned in to witness the last moments of the nation’s system of government.
Network executives had warned that the final episode was not for the squeamish, but many viewers were still shocked by how dark and apocalyptic it turned out to be.
One reviewer, calling the finale a “shattering conclusion,” wrote, “For casual fans of American democracy who weren’t paying much attention to it lately, what they saw in Wednesday’s episode must have come as a shock: a cast of characters who were thoroughly unlikable, unappealing, and, in the end, totally unredeemed.”
Still, based on the strong ratings for Wednesday’s episode, network executives decided to “supersize” democracy’s death throes by scheduling a dozen additional episodes between now and November, 2016.
In the words of one executive, “American democracy is not as popular as it once was, but a lot of people still want to see how it ends.”
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