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People are still talking about Colbert

by Joel Keller, posted May 4th 2006 6:31PM
Colbert at the Correspondents' DinnerAre you sick of reading the analysis of Stephen Colbert's performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner yet? I am. I mean, I haven't seen something so inconsequential polarize so many people since "Clay vs. Ruben". It seems like most of the analysts fall into two camps: either Colbert is a patriot and a hero for mocking the Bush administration and the media right to their uncomfortable little faces, or he was a blowhard that just wasn't funny, no matter who he was skewering. USA Today recaps the latest columnists to weigh in on the matter.

Really, folks, it was a glorified stand-up routine. It's almost a week already; it's time for us to move on.

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Wasn't Colbert supposed to have Chris Matthews on The Colbert Report last week?

May 22 2006 at 2:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Landon Howell, You're thinking of Clinton. Bush gets a synopsis of the news read to him by Condi if he's in the mood to listen. Truth to power, implies that power gives a s--t about truth. This is the phoniest administration in history. If he reads anything daily it's Garfield.

May 06 2006 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually, as Bush himself has described it, his day begins with others telling him they believe is important about what's going on in the world. And as observers to this process have attested, that information is carefully filtered of anything negative.

The only indication Bush has ever given that he has an idea what people think of him is his tendency to speak only in front of hand-picked, approved audiences. And since that's probably Rove who plans it, Bush may actually believe that the adulation he gets from these shills is what people really think of him.

Whatever you may think of Colbert's performance, there's no denying that it took balls to stand up in the presence of this ultimately sheltered president and say what he thought. That he did that while continually turning to look Bush straight in the eyes merely confims how "ballsalicious" it was.

Joel, I'm sorry you're sick of the discussion. Perhaps you're too young to realize how completely unusual the contemporary media's complacency re Bush is, so that it is all the more startling that Colbert decided to break through that complacency.

May 05 2006 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I do love Stephen Colbert, but I think his comedy often depends on his character not being in on the joke and that can be hard to sell to a live audience--especially a hypersensitive live audience. What did they think was going to happen when they asked him to come? You want somebody to lob softballs at you about airplane food, get Seinfeld.

May 05 2006 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


i'm confused. you say it's time to move on, yet you post the 'news' to this website, thus affirming that it is indeed noteworthy, and by doing so, encourage the conversation to continue.

by not posting, you could have saved tvsquad (and the world) from 19 more entries into this 'inconsequential' debate.

May 05 2006 at 9:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'll stop talking about, when Apple acknowledges my requests to make it available on the iTunes Music Store. Seriously, just let me download it and watch it over and over on my iPod and I'll leave everyone alone.

May 05 2006 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it interesting on 60 Minutes last Sunday when Colbert said he does not believe alot of the stuff he says on his show. There was also the reference of him portraying a role on The Colbert Report.

After last Saturday, let's hope Colbert never needs a pardon!

May 05 2006 at 7:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Stephen did a great job with the opportunity he was presented and will hopefully get America to open it's eyes to the arrogance of our current administration.

To the gentleman who said.. "You folks gotta realize, it's not Bush's job to be popular... it's his job to be President."

Indeed, it is G.W.'s job to be President. But the flaw in your logic is that part of the President's job is to make the decisions that are best for our citizens. Mr. Colbert realizes that Bush has failed the American people with almost every decision he has made over the last 6 years. If the President was making decisions that Americans agree with, his "popularity" ratings would be much higher.

Unfortunately, it seems there are still invididuals that share your point of view about Bush. Maybe Colbert didn't open the eyes of the President, but he at least started a fire under the American people that will hopefully lead them to the polls during the mid term elections.

May 05 2006 at 1:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WTG Colbert!
George W. will go down as one of the worst Presidents of our time.
It is so sad how the right wing has taken over the republican party. Instead of real ideas such as balancing the budget, health care, global warming (even your sacred Bill OReilly agrees, oil/gas Mideast dependence, lobbyists gone wild, corruption, etc/, they are concerned with taking back Christmas and Gay Marriage.
Please, I used to vote Republican. I won't again until they grow a brain and use it.

May 05 2006 at 12:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Landon Howell

Alright... that's it. You folks are all sheep in the field of the Democratic Party. Michael Moore is your shepherd... Howard Dean is your green pasture... keep believing what your Democratic leaders feed you everyday on your local news station.

Do you honestly think for one second that Bush doesn't know what people think of him? The fact that you've failed to see this point destroys your credibility alltogether.

My gosh... he'e the President. His day begins (and I'm not making this up) when he sits down to review all the possible ways that people will attempt to assasinate him during the day.

I highly doubt that Colbert "taught" him anything. Stephen Colbert is a wannabe journalist who doubles as a stand-up comic.

The fact that people such as yourself see him as some type of "polical icon" shouldn't at all surprise me. You people look for heros in the strangestr places.

May 05 2006 at 12:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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