Monday, May 01, 2006

"reality has a well-known liberal bias."

That is one of the best quotes from Stephen Colbert's speech at the White House Correspondent's Dinner this weekend. I just watched the video on, and wow. What was more fascinating than the biting and stingingly true barbs he tossed out was the total lack of reaction/hostility he faced from the crowd--the press corps and the president. Of course, he was exposing them. But wow. There was palpable discomfort.

So, it's not surprising that the mainstream media is not covering this.

Mash at dKos says, "Standing at the podium only a few feet from President Bush, Colbert launched an all out assault on the policies of this Administration. It was remarkable, though painful at times, to watch. It may also have been the first time that anyone has been this blunt with this President. By the end of Colbert's routine, Bush was visibly uncomfortable. Colbert ended with a video featuring Helen Thomas repeatedly asking why we invaded Iraq. That is a question President Bush has yet to answer to the American public. I am not sure what kind of review Stephen Colbert's performance will get in the press. One thing is however certain - his performance was important and will reverberate."

I really think Stephen Colbert is brilliant. His use of parody to expose corruption in politics and the media is, I believe, quite effective. But, of course, it matters for nothing if no one hears about it.

Head over to for links to the videos.

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