Despite being billed as a "weekly current events quiz", I do not believe Wait Wait was created to inform people as would a regular newscast. The hosts and panellists are predominantly Democrat/Liberals and are certainly opinionated, but their presentation is first and foremost comedic and conversational. While discussing very real injustices and traumas, humour is used to lighten the mood – even if temporarily – without ruthlessly exploiting the victims for shock value ; guests are seldom invited to preach, rather to crack a few jokes and answer a few silly questions. It's vanilla, I know. And it's only a temporary escape from said injustice and trauma, I am aware. Still valuable, though. Taking an hour out of my week to sigh and enjoy some lighthearted wisecracks is a small sacrifice, and WWDTM has been consistently reliable for doing so.