Saturday, April 29, 2006

Stephen Colbert Shames WH Press

I just got through watching most of Colbert's headlining presentation to the White House Correspondence Dinner, posted over at Crooks and Liars.

Unbelievable. Colbert is smart enough to have known that he wasn't going to be applauded by his audience, the WH press corps, as he smacked them down. The truth he spoke is serious stuff, after all, with many many thousands dead and wounded because of Bush and the press' lapdog compliance. The last thing reporters want to be reminded of is that their unquestioning stenography of neocon and administration lies allowed this disaster to happen in the first place.

So, knowing that he was going to be disliked by the ballroom audience and of course Bush (who is, after all a sitting President, and sitting no more than 10 feet away from him at the time), he pulled no punches and delivered absolutely biting material. He had a chance to ingratiate himself with a lot of influential people and be well liked by them - something that likely would have helped his personal career. Instead he gave that up to - for lack of a better description - speak truth to the powerful.

A google search shows that the AP is second-billing Colbert to the President's bit, and this will be not get reported widely, so the press and Bush get lucky as few will ultimately see Colbert's takedown of them. Nonetheless, I'm very satisfied because all of the WH reporters and Bush had to sit there and take it. If even a little of it gets to their consciences, then Colbert has done a great service to this nation. For that he deserves our thanks.


Blogger CT Bob said...

Hey PeterB, I want to comment on your Lamont blog, but it doesn't allow "non-team members" to comment. And I don't see an email address for you about opening up a dialogue with Ned-heads like me, and we'll work together to put Lamont in the Senate?

5:23 PM  
Blogger PeterB said...

I've updated settings to allow comments on my Lamont Blog. Looking for comments/suggestions/content/whatever that will be relevant for out of staters in helping Ned.

Please feel free to comment!

11:26 PM  
Blogger PeterB said...

For anyone else's reference, the site is (sorry, I don't know hyperlinks in comments. Still learning)

11:28 PM  

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