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Colbert, Daou, and the ‘Humorless’ Media
May 1, 2006, 3:11 pm
Filed under: Media, Politics, Uncategorized

So Peter Daou thinks the press is ignoring Colbert's 'gutsy' performance at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, and suggests that they are doing so because they are 'shielding' the president from 'negative publicity'.  Colbert is 'marginalized' while his performance is 'sidestepped' while 'Bush is treated as light-hearted, humble, and funny'.  He links this to a larger, pervasive timidity in the press and tells us to 'Expect nothing less from the cowardly American media'. 

This is a very silly critique indeed.  Might I suggest that the reason the focus has been on Bush rather than Colbert is because Bush's routine with his impersonator, Steve Bridges, was actually funny, while Colbert's routine was only mildly entertaining?  Colbert's mocking of Joe Wilson and 'Joe Wilson's wife' was the funniest thing about the entire performance.  His video with Helen Thomas was patently un-funny.  I love Colbert but this was not his best work. 

Daou's problem, and the other folks who are perplexingly upset over Colbert's treatment in the post-event media coverage, is that he wants Colbert to be celebrated not for his humor but for his 'biting rebuke of George W. Bush and the lily-livered press corps'.  But he was there to be funny.  And he really wasn't.  And that's likely why the media focused on the parts of the event which actually were, which, incidentally, included Bush himself. 

–mpd

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