Monday, May 01, 2006

Confirming Colbert

If you ever needed confirmation of the disconnect between the real world and the version the MSM wants you to see, Colbert's monumental routine on Saturday is the ultimate QED.

The few who have confronted the steaming turd of truth plopped into their laps have treated it as a tasteless flop. But the version we saw online and on CSPAN will never enter America's living rooms if the networks have anything to do with it. I saw a little CNN this morning, and they showed a few highly edited and sanitized clips, split-screened with the double-Dubya routine, utterly de-fanging it. The nerve he touched will sting for weeks, if not longer.

Lots of lefties are screaming bloody murder today, as well they should. But here's the irony that just hit me: all these spineless fools are doing is confirming Colbert's accusation. The courtiers are doing exactly what they have always done, but this time the evidence is public; cause and effect are proximate and undeniable.

If the problem was Colbert bombing, that would actually have been cause for major coverage -- they were very happy to bash Jon Stewart after the Oscars. If Colbert had been tasteless in attacking the President, that, too would have been news -- right, Imus?

But of course Colbert was not tasteless. And laughter was indeed sparse, but that isn't the reason for the de facto blackout. Colbert committed the sin of using the White House Correspondent's dinner to expose the White House correspondents for the Vichy worms they truly are.

No wonder they are shellshocked today. Colbert isn't some pajama'ed blogger or crazed moonbat -- he is (they thought) just a comedian. I'm sure they expected him to follow the rules. Instead, Colbert hammered them with body blows they may never be able to shake off. Indeed, the only thing Colbert could have done to ratchet up the shame these cowards now must feel would have been to predict how his performance would have been buried, which would have been rather difficult while in character.

Spread the video as far as you can. Use the Internet while you can -- this episode will only heighten the efforts to destroy net neutrality, because it will prove that they can no longer bury news they do not like.


Blogger Eric Soderstrom said...

The same lie repeated often enough...

I would add to the maxim, the same lie repeated wide enough. Sports Illustrated? When did Moon buy that?

6:40 PM  
Blogger bluememe said...

Yeah, but what kind of fool gets his news from a sports mag? I mean, it's almost as silly as getting your news from a comedian...

No, wait a minute...

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but what kind of fool gets his news from a sports mag?

The so-called journalistic establishment aren't the only media complicit in Bushco crimes.

It's all about subtle penetration, killing truth with a thousand pin pricks. No one thinks to get a political viewpoint from a sports mag, but they'll absorb the message and all the other little bits here and there until they've internalized it.

Same thing with 9/11 theorists that disagree with the official story. Popular Mechanics and Scientific American did articles 'debunking' them (those articles addressed here and here respectively) but you wouldn't think to get it from Maxim Magazine. All 3 articles mix valid questions with straw-men and tie it all together with the lunatic fringe, to sideline and discredit the movement.

The messages MediaMatters and similar groups miss outnumber those they catch by an order of magnitude. Fox news is window dressing; it's everything else around you that you have to watch.

7:26 AM  
Blogger Eric Soderstrom said...

Thanks Don, for expanding my point. Maybe we should team up - I'll write flippant and occasionally funny comments and let you elucidate and make me look smart.

But seriously, that's exactly what I was getting at. It is subtle and spread far and wide. From Leno's monologue to those little blrubs on the telescreen on you elevator ride to the 45th floor.

But here's a curve ball - USA Today portrayed it all rather favorably.

12:32 PM  
Blogger bluememe said...

You're both right -- the bias and co-option are so pervasive as to fit the water-to-a-fish analogy.

All of which makes Colbert's shot-heard-round-the-blogosphere that much more important. It ain't just the emperor who has no clothes -- several thousand journos are bare-assed, too, and Colbert went after all of 'em.

9:53 PM  

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