Stephen Colbert, host of the “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, was the headliner at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner just this past Saturday. Apparently, what he said was very controversial. He made fun of everyone from Jesse Jackson, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, CIA operative Valerie Plame to the media and the Bush administration. Many people are saying he went too far. I think he went just far enough.
Colbert told the media, rather blatantly, that they weren’t doing their jobs. They weren’t keeping America informed of rather important events, such as Bush’s tax cuts to the rich, WMD intelligence and the effects of global warming. He sarcastically said “We Americans didn’t want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out.” He is dead on.
And while Colbert has some of the media criticizing him, such as CNN’s Lou Dobbs, who suggested that the liberal media wasn’t criticizing Colbert enough, others have been saying (like me) that the media isn’t focusing on what Colbert said enough.
Some left-wingers believe that the media put too much emphasis on Bush’s comedy routine because of some conservative media bias. I disagree. While I believe that the media certainly isn’t focusing enough on Colbert’s hilarious routine, I don’t believe they’re doing it because they all like Bush. They don’t. Colbert wasn’t simply making fun of Bush. He was making fun of and criticizing the media.
Of course they’re not going to broadcast someone who is trying to tell America what the media is doing. They don’t want to look bad! So instead of broadcasting Colbert, they feel the need to show what Bush did instead. Is it sad? Yes. Is it understandable? Of course. If I had any power of what to broadcast on say, the “Today Show,” I wouldn’t either.
I applaud Colbert, and truly wish the media would show what he said, but apparently that’s up to bloggers. And it’s a burden we don’t mind having.Powered by Sidelines