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Thu 04 May 2006

"Colbert ... practically punched the president in the stomach."

Category : world

Steven Colbert at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner sets the blogosphere aflame. Even in Singapore, its hard to ignore, links, emails and feeds practically shouting about it.

For the transcript and links to videos, see: "Re-Improved Colbert transcript (now with complete text of Colbert-Thomas video!" By Frederick. Daily Kos: Frederick's diary, 30 Apr 2006.

As Steven Colbert takes massive swipes at Bush, Fox News and White House correspondents, the thing to remember is he's not in come Comedy Central Studio. He is surrounded by his prey and sitting at the same table as George Bush when he says things like:

"I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message: that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound -- with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world."

...

"Over the last five years you people were so good -- over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out. Those were good times, as far as we knew."

Howard Kurtz (Washington Post) said, "Colbert was devastating. He practically punched the president in the stomach."

He also suggests:

"What's more, you may be interested to know that there's a MEDIA COVERUP of the Colbert performance. The MSM don't want you to know about how the Comedy Central man made them look bad!"

See "Punchline Politics." By Howard Kurtz. Washington Post, 02 May 2006.

The thing is ("Post Acknowledges Colbert, and Perspective." By alivingston. Daily Kos: alivingston's diary, 02 May 2006):

"The White House Correspondents Association actually invited Stephen Colbert to be the main speaker at the annual dinner. ... I do not buy that the WHCA did not know what they were doing. ... Colbert is one of us. There was no question what he would do, and they chose him. ... If Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents Dinner is possible, then more is possible than we may have realized. Let's find out what those things are."

See also "All Kidding Aside." By Dan Froomkin. washingtonpost.com, 01 May 2006.

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