Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Reporting Colbert

Apparently, Stephen Colbert ruffled some feathers with his closing speech at the White House Correspondent's Dinner.

That's always nice to see.

Americablog has Matt Drudge's Colbert-bashing headline up for all to see, along with a snarky-if-accurate assessment of the reaction. Here's the original Drudge headline:

Yes, that's for real. Basically, Drudge would like us all to know that Fox News' cock is bigger than Colbert's.

Even the Dems are getting into the act:

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) took on a rare role yesterday as a defender of President Bush.

Hoyer came to the defense of the commander in chief after Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, where the president took a drubbing from comedian Stephen Colbert.

"I thought some of it was funny, but I think it got a little rough," Hoyer said. "He is the president of the United States, and he deserves some respect."

"I'm certainly not a defender of the administration," Hoyer reassured stunned observers, but Colbert "crossed the line" with many jokes that were "in bad taste."
Which parts were in bad taste, exactly? The parts where he spoke truth to power? Or the part where he nailed the "liberal" media's slumbering, care-free approach to actual reporting over the past five years?

Take a look around, ladies and gentlemen. This is our America.

But Hullabaloo says it best (same link):
Colbert's routine is a satirical take on the bloviating wingnut (and covert wingnut) gasbags who support the Republicans no matter what they do. That's not in bad taste. It's a public service. He stood up there and mirrored what we see them do every day of the week. They didn't find it funny because it was a little too real.


At 9:06 AM, Blogger Ben Miro said...

It's the one thing I credit the Bush administration for: oppressive, shitty leaderships usually spawn great art and brilliant satire. Those douchebags keep sharp guys like Stewart and Colbert fully stocked with ammunition.

At 9:55 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

True that.

I verrry rarely laugh out loud when I'm reading something, but reading the transcript of Colbert's speech had me in stitches.

Even Jabs thought it was hilarious (further proof that conservative doesn't = evil).


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