Perhaps the real joke is that there’s no way of telling whether or to what degree they’re joking. Donohue seems to enjoy poking fun at his persona, even as he continues to hold forth on all matters political, social, and religious. Look at his appearance on The Colbert Report, and you can see how, like his host, you really don’t know where the real convictions end and the parody begins.
(There you go, Cathy. Another Colbert/Stewart fan is coming out of the closet.)
As far as Donohue is concerned he needs to be invited to more academic conferences. He was never more engaging and normal than at the Commonweal conference of Anti-Catholicism in America.
Invite the guy, He will be less of a problem.
I don’t think it’s a joke. I think he actually placed this news release as an advertisement in some newspapers. If a comedian adopted the persona of Donohue as a joke (like Borat), Catholics would be incensed at the bias.
I’ll give that contest a shot because I want to find out myself whether or not Jackie Mason always talks as he does near a mic or a camera.
If is is not a joke, still it is a joke. Self-parody is a risky business,