Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The More I Think About It....

The more the complaints about Stephen Colbert's performance at the White House Correspondents' Asociation Dinner, the more I like it. We weren't looking at a blood under the nails attack, but we also weren't looking at that ha ha gumming of a Jay Leno joke (topical but not too edgy--we want you to come back here and watch tomorrow night!).

Dan Froomkin of the Washington Post hits it on the head:

Colbert was merciless, reserving his most potent zingers for the people in spitting distance: The president who took the nation to war on false pretenses and the press corps that let him do it.
This event is usually a gentle poke-fun fest where people can be 'sent up' and then say 'aww! you got me!' complete with a 'peyow!' finger-gunshot.

Maybe we don't deserve that sorta hee haw when our President lies to get us into the war he wants, ignoring the wars we may need to fight. Maybe the press (particularly FOXNews with its damn the facts, rah rah) needs to be 'reported-to' themselves. Colbert makes the point:
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. 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.

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