Thursday, May 04, 2006

Colbear's in the Air - a roundup of reaction

The Working Families Party Man | My hair is on fire...: Jon Stewart is the man...

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The audience was one of two things: seriously pissed that they let his man into their room, or wondering whether they would lose their jobs if they laughed at his jokes.

Go and download the torrent of the whole thing as covered by CSPAN, or go see the dozen or so clips on

The Torrent for the CSPAN Coverage
Video of presidential roast attracts big Web audience - CNet News

and of course:


“…This is a battle that can’t really be won — you either got it Saturday night (or Sunday morning, or whenever your life was made a little brighter by viewing Colbert’s performance) or you didn’t. Personally, I’m enjoying watching apologists for the status quo wear themselves out explaining why Colbert wasn’t funny. It’s extending the reach of his performance by days without either side breaking character — the mighty Colbert or the clueless, self-important media elite he was satirizing. For those who think the media shamed itself by rolling over for this administration, especially in the run-up to the Iraq war, Colbert’s skit is the gift that keeps on giving. Thank you, Stephen Colbert!”

-Joan Walsh, Salon Magazine

And then some counterpoint from the blogger named "Jon Swift" who says about himself: "I am a reasonable conservative who likes to write about politics and culture. Since the media is biased I get all my news from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Jay Leno monologues."

Finally, Stephen Colbert spoke and he immediately laced into the liberal media and commended the President, which probably annoyed the media even more. The media is apparently not used to having the tables turned on them and the nervous laughter soon died away.


I had never heard of Stephen Colbert before this event but he seems to be a very articulate and sincere conservative. Some are even saying he is courageous for facing down the liberal media the way he did. I'm not sure I would go that far. Is it really all that courageous to do your job? Have we sunk so low that merely having convictions makes one a hero?
Jon, Steve. Steve, Jon.

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