Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Confluence of Comedy, Politics, and Fake News

As the title to this blog entry suggests, the fake newsmeisters, like Stephen Colbert, are making inroads. Last night, Colbert gave the keynote performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner, an annual event meant to poke fun at the current administration. But who can laugh at the humorless twits currently tearing our Constitution to shreds? Apparently, the writers at Comedy Central can.

Colbert is Lenny Bruce dressed in mock Faux News clothing. The best video stream of his biting and insightful roasting of the POTUS as well as the media who have glorfied Bush for far too long is here: part one and part two (this site is pretty cheesy, but the video quality is better than the one at Crooks and Liars).

So says Colbert, with the President right by his side and all of the media elite sitting in front of him:
But, listen, 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. Just put 'em 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!
Overall, a very ballsy performance. Bravo!

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