how does anyone -- anyone -- say "liberal media" with a straight face?

Posted on May 5th, 2006 by Scraps.
Categories: Media, Stuff.

There's been a lot of eye-rolling about the Washington press corps' reaction to Stephen Colbert -- first pretending that it had never happened, and then saying they hadn't talked about it because it "wasn't funny". Now it goes without saying that the current Washington press corps are a gaggle of lackeys and lickspittles doing glorified propaganda work for the administration, with Helen Thomas seemingly remaining only to remind them of the standards of journalism the rest of them have betrayed. Colbert making fun of Bush to his face no doubt made them uncomfortable; mean daddy might hold them accountable for the sins of their distant cousin, after all.

But that's not why they pretended it didn't happen, and then pretended that it wasn't pointed and funny. Remember the religious leadeers denouncing The Life of Brian for making fun of Jesus? The movie, of course, made no fun of Jesus, but it had great fun at the expense of religious zealots. The religious leaders who denounced it with such anger did so because they were being mocked. They used Jesus to justify their anger, because no one looks more pathetic than the target of satire rising in wrath to cry "that's not funny!" while rubbing his wounded ass.

Here's why the Washington press corps said Colbert wasn't funny:

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. Put them 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.

Colbert wasn't unfunny because he was rude to Bush; Colbert was unfunny because he told the press corps, to their faces, how contemptible they were.

And he speaks for everyone in America disgusted with the press abandoning their reponsibilities to the nation, cravenly selling out their integrity for a few scraps dropped from the table of power.

Thank you, Stephen Colbert.

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