Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Sometime yesterday afternoon, the cornered beast of mainstream corporate media stopped pretending Stephen Colbert’s satirical weekend tour de force didn’t happen or crossed some heretofore unknown boundary of neo imperial decorum.
While the Chicago Tribune's Frank James “sensed a lot of uneasiness in the audience during Colbert's routine”, a reader of the New York Times sensed a purposeful vanishing with a bit of a known unknown:
“I was stunned to read your recounting of the White House Correspondents' Dinner…which did not mention the bravura performance of Stephen Colbert.”
Sputtering and flat-footed, our endangered-by-satire media denies any neo blacklist of the Comedy Channel star and now seems to have settled on the spin first uttered by fleeing Bush aides Saturday night:
“Colbert crossed the line.”
Media suspects quickly lined up to chirp a truthier tune:
“I just think he wasn't terribly funny. And he had the misfortune of following Bush, who actually did put on one of the better performances of his presidency."
--Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
"This was predictable, Bush-bashing kind of humor…this room thought he was going to be more sophisticated and creative."
--Mary Matalin, Unemployed Housewife
“Stephen Colbert stupidly delivered a stingingly satirical speech.”
--Lisa de Moralis, The Washington Post
“The routine could've used some judicious editing.”
--Scott Collins, The Los Angeles Times
“Just not funny.”
--Steve Doocy, Fox News
It seems like only yesterday (2004) that a certain comic genius provoked hysterical laughter from our dour media with an edgy slide show:
Look under the dead bodies, sir!
Images: Google, R&TVCA, WHCA