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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Must See Video: Colbert Rips Bush, WH Press Corps

This is just brilliant. Who chose Stephen Colbert to host last night's White House dinner? Perhaps it was someone who doesn't understand Colbert's humor. I love it when conservative guests truly believe that Colbert is on their side. Check out this video from Crooks and Liars and be sure to focus on the lack of reaction from the audience.

Update: Check out this Thank You Stephen Colbert site. Tonight's 60 Minutes also did a segment on Colbert. I like him even more after hearing him out of character for the first time.


At 4/30/2006 6:53 PM, Anonymous Stephen colbert said...

I love you.

At 4/30/2006 7:26 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

The video link isn't working at crooks and liars...but it is here:


At 4/30/2006 9:02 PM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

I fixed the link: http://www.crooksandliars.com/2006/04/29.html#a8104

Colbert bombs? Uh, yeah:

"The AP's first stab at it and pieces from Reuters and the Chicago Tribune tell us everything we need to know: Colbert's performance is sidestepped and marginalized while Bush is treated as light-hearted, humble, and funny. Expect nothing less from the cowardly American media. The story could just as well have been Bush and Laura's discomfort and the crowd's semi-hostile reaction to Colbert's razor-sharp barbs. In fact, I would guess that from the perspective of newsworthiness and public interest, Bush-the-playful-president is far less compelling than a comedy sketch gone awry, a pissed-off prez, and a shell-shocked audience.

This is the power of the media to choose the news, to decide when and how to shield Bush from negative publicity. Sins of omission can be just as bad as sins of commission.

At 4/30/2006 10:37 PM, Anonymous truthseeker said...

Wow, timmy, showing your true colors once again. That "hotair" site is hilarious. Those people really think Colbert bombed?? Wow. They are more naive than I thought.

At 5/01/2006 1:16 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

I usually think Colbert is funny, but the dude bombed last night. Jonah Goldberg nails it here...


And I'm curious as to how you guys would answer the question he poses at the end. I've noticed this as well:

"Moreover, it is enduringly fascinating how deeply invested many liberals are in comedians (and to a lesser extent, movie stars)."

I've noticed that on quite a few lefty sites. On this site I've seen several posts citing the wisdom of celebrities (George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Steve Colbert, Neil Young, That Metal Band I Can't Remember the Name of Now, and Pink (Pink!?!?)) What's the deal?

I mean, listen to yourselves:

"I love it when conservative guests truly believe that Colbert is on their side."

"Their side?" Jeezus, how elementary school playground does THAT sound? Good grief, I could care less who's "side" Colbert is on...and why should anyone care...and what difference would it make anyway? Hey, maybe he's Jewish and he's not on the Christian's Side! He's a funny guy, isn't that enough? Or can we only laugh with people on our side?

Eh, maybe not...maybe we should ask Pink to settle this thing. (If she's not too busy writing Very Important Songs, that is.)

Anyway, Goldberg's on to something here, but I'd like to hear your take on it...

At 5/01/2006 6:38 AM, Anonymous truthseeker said...

In a few words, because it's nice to hear the TRUTH for once. It's nice to hear dissent. It's nice to hear Neil Young say that a president who has done a hell of a lot more harm than a blow job should be impeached. Because the media is doing such a shitty job covering this administration, concerned citizens turn to people who are speaking out.

The dude did not "bomb." The DC establishment can't handle the truth. And if you don't get it, well, there's really no point in disucssing this any further.

At 5/01/2006 8:42 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Goldberg link not working? Try this one:

And now he's updated his post after some emails he's recieved. All said, he likes Colbert...and says that some of the mail he's recieved some support your view that he didn't bomb. It's worth a peek:

At 5/01/2006 9:47 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

"The story could just as well have been Bush and Laura's discomfort..."

Not according to Colbert:

"I had a great time. The president killed. He's a tough act to follow — at all times. It'll be a tough for whoever comes in 2008, too."

Colbert said the president seemed to get a kick out of the comedy.

"He was very nice. He was like, 'Good job, good job.' "

At 5/01/2006 10:06 AM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

I'm w/truthseeker on this one...once again, Bush was slammed in person and the conservatives can't handle it.
Did you watch any of the video, timmy.

This piece makes a great point: Ignoring Colbert, Part Two
05.01.2006Chris Durang
The Colbert appearance -- which chilled the room, attacking journalists as well as Bush -- is literally not worth reporting. Back before blogs and C-Span, we wouldn't even know about it.

All Hail Stephen Colbert (You Have to See It to Believe It)
04.30.2006Jesse Kornbluth
If there was any doubt about Stephen Colbert's genius, it evaporated at the White House Correspondents dinner.

At 5/01/2006 10:12 AM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

As for my comment about conservatives who believe Colbert is on their side. It's a comedy show, timmy. Have some fun with it. Both conservatives and liberals who fail to do their homework (watch a few episodes of the show) bomb during the interview. A few conservatives have high fived Colbert in the past! "You're a true patriot!" One right wing radio host said something like, "We're so happy to have you on our side. You should fill in for me sometime." They don't get the humor...
Do you watch the show? If you did, you'd understand what I'm trying to say...I hope.

At 5/01/2006 9:57 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

I just didn't think I'd ever see Colbert be as funny as Margaret Cho.

At 5/02/2006 7:59 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

"The Edward R. Murrow of our generation."


Liberals are constructing Colbert shrine sites? What's up with that? Hell, he hasn't even written any important songs....like Pink (sorry I'm still reeling from that one).

Goldberg is right. There really is a special relationship with the left and commedians. Seems rather odd that guys who tell jokes for money are so reveared. Interesting though.

At 5/02/2006 8:20 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Alright, this is my last post on this. But here's a liberal making the point I was trying to get across....


I'll be quiet now.


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