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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Colbert takes on Helen Thomas

Crooks and Liars has the Colbert segment up from last night's WH Correspondent's Dinner. Brilliant!

Something tells me he may not be invited back during this administration.

Update: Ann Althouse had this to say about Colbert's performance:
Wasn't it awful to perform without laughs? Maybe he should have filed the edges off a couple of jokes, but, basically, he did what he had to do to maintain his credibility with his real audience, those who watch "The Colbert Report." And we'll remember the horrible laughlessness of that night and marvel at the steely nerve of Stephen Colbert.
Sometimes, I can't figure her out.

Just as Jon Stewart performed a public service by calling bullsh*t on CNN's Crossfire:
JON STEWART: ... And I made a special effort to come on the show today, because I have privately, amongst my friends and also in occasional newspapers and television shows, mentioned this show as being bad.


PAUL BEGALA: We have noticed.

STEWART: And I wanted to -- I felt that that wasn't fair and I should come here and tell you that I don't -- it's not so much that it's bad, as it's hurting America.
This was not done for the sake of his Daily Show audience. This was, the act of a true patriot, as was Colbert's performance last night. Colbert had an opportunity to call bullsh*t on both the administration and on the fawning, incurious press corps that serve as mere stenographers for the administrations propaganda. Rather than taking the coward's way out by "fil[ing] the edge off a couple of jokes", he stood his ground. The true act of a patriot.

Colbert certainly demonstrated a steely nerve last night. However, I think not for the sake of his show, but for the sake of a nation at risk. His performance last night will hopefully have served its purpose of kicking the media where it hurts. IMO, this was Colbert's "you're hurting America" moment. Hopefully, many of those not laughing last night will have gotten the message.


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