A liberal comic berates the President of the United States to his face. Is this news? Pfft. Please.
The President, who to some is a cross between Adolf Hitler and Godzilla, meekly puts up with the abuse. News? Come on.
A liberal columnist for the WaPo, no friend of the President’s, criticizes the comic for boorish, unmannerly, and unfunny behavior. Say again? No way.
The little-known but highly prestigious MSM Dinosaurs Can Dance award today goes to Richard Cohen for his ferocious takedown of Stephen Colbert’s performance at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner:
Why are you wasting my time with Colbert, I hear you ask. Because he is representative of what too often passes for political courage, not to mention wit, in this country. His defenders — and they are all over the blogosphere — will tell you he spoke truth to power. This is a tired phrase, as we all know, but when it was fresh and meaningful it suggested repercussions, consequences — maybe even death in some countries. When you spoke truth to power you took the distinct chance that power would smite you, toss you into a dungeon or — if you’re at work — take away your office.
But in this country, anyone can insult the president of the United States. Colbert just did it, and he will not suffer any consequence at all. He knew that going in. He also knew that Bush would have to sit there and pretend to laugh at Colbert’s lame and insulting jokes. Bush himself plays off his reputation as a dunce and his penchant for mangling English. Self-mockery can be funny. Mockery that is insulting is not. The sort of stuff that would get you punched in a bar can be said on a dais with impunity. This is why Colbert was more than rude. He was a bully.
Now, that is news. Read the whole thing.