Sections: Political Humor | Causes and Controversies | Blurring of the Lines 

In contemporary times there has been a blurring of lines between the two worlds of entertainment and politics. After the end of World War II, performers represented the U.S. government abroad in cultural diplomacy initiatives. In ensuing decades, entertainers have run for high public office, barriers between the once separate domains of news and entertainment programs have fallen, and the electoral process increasingly has become infused with entertainment values.