Why ‘Congress Has Cooled on Colbert’

Politico has a story about how congressmembers and their staffs are avoiding the Colbert Report that contains this anecdote: “My experience with that show is like herpes. It never goes away, and it itches and sometimes flares up,” said a former aide to Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, after his boss appeared on the show in 2006. The conservative Georgia Republican, co-sponsor of a bill requiring that the 10 Commandments be displayed in Congress, was skewered by Colbert in a segment of “Better Know a District” for appearing to be able to name only three of the commandments. The episode has “haunted” […]


NYT’s Carr to Jon Stewart: Get Off the Field!

The New York Times‘ David Carr (9/20/10) compares involvement by media figures in politics–exemplified by CNBC‘s Rick Santelli and various Fox News figures fueling the Tea Party movement, and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s dueling answer rallies to said movement–to “a football game where the reporters and commentators, bored by the feckless proceedings on the field, suddenly poured out of the press box and took over the game.” Writes Carr: “In politics, it seems as if the media is intent on not just keeping score but also calling plays.” Regardless of what one thinks of any particular media figure’s political […]


Economic Misreporting Matches Iraq War Failures

Eyeing a new poll that “revealed that one in four Americans now believe that the ‘faux’ news delivered by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert is replacing ‘real’ news sources as viable outlets,” Greg Mitchell (Editor & Publisher, 5/5/09) has to wonder “if the remaining (if relatively low) public respect for the press is gone for good”: Yes, the delivery platform of the future will change–the Kindle, iPhone apps or rubbery plastic may replace paper everywhere–but the content still has to be credible. And now it must be said: The media blew both of the major catastrophes of our time. I […]