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Monday, May 01, 2006
 
America Held Hostage Day 3: Media Continue to Ignore Colbert

Here's an important story you can only get from the liberal blogosphere: The media's silence about Steve Colbert. Christopher Durang explains it all for you:

Stephen Colbert was the star attraction at the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night, and his performance was thrilling or insulting or uncomfortable, depending on your point of view. Apparently, according to Editor and Publisher.com, President and Mrs. Bush looked very uncomfortable, and quickly left right afterward.

But the mainstream media is apparently ignoring this part of the evening, and instead is covering the early entertainment where Bush and a look-alike imitator do a "he says this, he's really thinking this" routine. Moderately amusing, but very mild.


60 Minutes did its part to make sure that nobody knows about Stephen Colbert by profiling him last night. Of course, they failed to mention his appearance at the White House Correspondents dinner the night before.

And Time Magazine helps to keep him anonymous by including him on their list of the 100 most influential people that you never heard of.

Peter Daou ties it into his neverending right wing media conspiracy:

This is the power of the media to choose the news, to decide when and how to shield Bush from negative publicity. Sins of omission can be just as bad as sins of commission. And speaking of a sycophantic media establishment bending over backwards to accommodate this White House and to regurgitate pro-GOP and anti-Dem spin, I urge readers to pick up a copy of Eric Boehlert's new book, Lapdogs. It's a powerful indictment of the media's timidity during the Bush presidency. Boehlert rips away the facade of a "liberal media" and exposes the invertebrates masquerading as journalists who have allowed and enabled the Bush administration's many transgressions to go unchecked, under-reported, or unquestioned.

Blue Crab Boulevard says that Colbert's humor reminded him of a comedian from the 1960s.
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