Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Fox versus Colbert

So Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central fame, got the opportunity to speak at the White House Correspondant's Dinner over the past weekend. He popped on stage shortly after GDub and the GDub 1000, which I believe to be a liquid metal form of the Decider-in-Chief, had their exchange. From all accounts, Colbert delivered a pretty skewering address, attacking everything from the Pres to the press.

This morning, FOXNews, where "fair and balanced" mean neither, decided that Colbert was horribly inappropriate, and that he went far over the line. This should come as no shock to anyone, as FN has made it abundantly clear that they are less a media outlet and more a channel that panders and caters to every whim of the right. Heck, one of their guys is now press secretary. This is a channel that has been more critical of the police in Aruba than anything that the Republicans are doing, up until the point where it's so far into the game they need to own up to the faults and misdeeds. And sure, the Democrats aren't a bunch of perfect little angels out there, playing for the little guy, but at least they get skewered BEFORE Katie Couric gets to perk herself into the debate.

Funny thing is, Colbert made some mention about the press being willing to take a stance against the administration, to not simply suck up to anything and everything that they said and believed in. Below is some of his stuff on the media:

The greatest thing about this man is he's steady. You know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday. Events can change; this man's beliefs never will. As excited as I am to be here with the president, I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media that is destroying America, with the exception of Fox News. Fox News gives you both sides of every story: the president's side, and the vice president's side.
But the rest of you, what are you thinking, reporting on NSA wiretapping or secret prisons in eastern Europe? Those things are secret for a very important reason: they're super-depressing. And if that's your goal, well, misery accomplished. Over the last five years you people were so good -- over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out. Those were good times, as far as we knew.
But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works: the president makes decisions. He's the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know - fiction!

Hmm... could it be the mention of FOX that got them disturbed in the first place? Or could it be the notion that Sean Hannity is one of the administration's lapdogs, and the first one in line for a Snow Job?

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