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05/15/2006 11:21 PM ID: 54353 Permalink   

Colbert's Bush Whack Ignored by Pandering Press


In a story that has remained unreported by mainstream media, Stephen Colbert delivered a bitingly honest stand-up routine that impaled both the Presdent and the mainstream press on their complete lack of effort at even attempting to do their jobs.

The routine went down on April 29 at the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner, an event traditionally highlighted by lighthearted jabs between the press and the Commander-in-chief. Both Bush and many members of the media attended.

Colbert was featured speaker that night, but the next news day, the only story reported in the press was of a speech Bush made. Colbert's performance has since been gaining steady profile via the web.

    WebReporter: Mister crank Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
  I saw the video  
on the internet a few hours ago. It goes on for 24 minutes, and it proves the old saying: "many a true word spoken in jest".
  by: slamdaddy     05/15/2006 11:28 PM     
  if you haven't

A lot of it isn't new if you watch his show.... also it's a tough crowd, so if you need a laugh track to know when to laugh, the clips aren't for you.
  by: Nachos_N_Cheese     05/16/2006 12:31 AM     
  I'd heard Bush didn't handle it well...  
...but he seemed to be cordial enough afterwards, returning Colbert's handshake. I'd heard reports that staffers had said that they'd seen angry GW after that event, but saw no evidence there. Maybe they got him warmed up for the lookalike's commentary and as a result he was more able to handle Colbert's, at least outwardly so.

The reaction, though, was priceless - both from officials and press on hand. It was nice to see someone call spades spades. If the press were half has persecutory as the pundits would say in their tirades of truthiness, the adminstration would be hounded day and night. That is to say, if they were doing their jobs as few have the guts to do.
  by: MomentOfClarity     05/16/2006 12:57 AM     
  I read what he said..  
That was Colbert being Colbert, for those that watch his shows will know thats his typical sense of humor.
  by: Ph0bia   05/16/2006 01:19 AM     
considering what he was actually saying in his comedy and to whom its amazing he got the many laugh he did.
  by: HAVOC666     05/16/2006 02:13 AM     
  I was there  
I went to D.C. for vacation and stayed at the Hilton. At first the Secret Service wouldn't let us in, but after the show got under way, we went to the lobby and watched with the press that couldn't get in. What was surreal was I went to the White House on a Wed., then the president came to my hotel on Saturday.
  by: kross10c   05/16/2006 04:14 AM     
It was indeed a glorious tirade, to see colbert look bush, who was sitting three feet from him, right in the eye and burn him with stinging sarcasm was a sight to behold. Bravo Stephen!
  by: lachs     05/16/2006 05:06 AM     
  it wasnt even funny  
but it was good to see Mr Bush just sit there and take it.
  by: JOCKSTEELUK   05/16/2006 07:52 AM     
  the best line  
"reality has a well-known liberal bias"

That is great.
  by: jendres     05/16/2006 08:40 AM     
I just think Bush didnt get it. Thats why he was sitting there taking it, he was prob high and drunk and just didnt understand that colbert was mocking him.
  by: RoBBoB     05/16/2006 04:42 PM     
  Two Points  
Indymedia is not a reputable source. Case and point. The source references a Media Matters report that said that Colbert's scathing comments weren't reported. However, feast your eyes on this:
The SN summary says, "the only story reported in the press was of a speech Bush made".
The source also claims that the WH Correspondents Dinner took place on May 1, 2006. However the White House Correspondents Association posted this on their website, "The 2006 dinner was held April 29, 2006." The SN summary author did correct this error, but a reputable source would not have that error.
  by: tomblik     05/16/2006 07:18 PM     
that's a different tactic, "It didn't happen'. Maybe if you repeat it often enough it'll become true...
  by: StarShadow     05/16/2006 07:49 PM     
" it wasnt even funny
but it was good to see Mr Bush just sit there and take it."

wasn't funny...??? i dmit he's no george carlin or bill hicks but that was actually damn funny, esspecially considering the audience... political humor isn't for everyone, but damnit it was funny... i got a few really good laughs off it... esspecially sarcastically likening bush to himself, if you watch and like his show or the daily show which usually is on before the colbert report you would've found that type of humor pretty damn funny.
  by: HAVOC666     05/16/2006 07:52 PM     
to bush's credit i will say this if he was following what colbert was saying we took it remarkably well... look like some members of the audience couldn't believe what colbert was saying... maybe they can get george carlin next time...

btw, bush is one of easiest political figures to mock, if not currently the easiest.

one joke carlin does about bush i like was "...i'm even thinking of lending my support to govener bush maybe if we does a good job we'll elect him in 2004"... i'm sure the humor of that is lost on a quite a few people.

bush jr, lives up to his father reputation of being an easy target for comedy... just listen to bill hicks talk about the gulf war and you'll know exactly what i mean, or george carlin about war or politics in general.
  by: HAVOC666     05/16/2006 08:00 PM     
  Oh yea...  
This was even more fun to talk about three weeks ago when it happened.
  by: candeaz   05/17/2006 05:56 PM     
I see that had a report on the event - good for them! However, I don't consider that to be a particularly mainstream source. So, to be fair, what it should have said was that "mainstream media ignored the story". i.e. ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, etc.

As for your assertion that "the source claims that the WH Correspondents Dinner took place on May 1, 2006", yes, the source is in error, but it is in the opening line for the transcript, not in the news item itself, which clearly states that "On May 1, all three major networks played clips of Bush's routine on their morning shows...". Obviously, the source realized that the dinner happened before, and the other line was an unfortunate typo. Don't tell me that other reputable sources don't contain typos now. I mean what about that typo Fox did a few years back - you know, the little slip-up that went "Iraq is holding WMDs"? ;)
  by: Mister crank     05/17/2006 09:17 PM     
True enough, but I didn't hear about it until the day before I posted, and I thought that maybe a lot of other non-Americans might not have as well. So, here we are.
  by: Mister crank     05/17/2006 09:19 PM     
  @Mister crank  
You don't consider Editor and Publisher to be a mainstream source, but that isn't what the indymedia source said. The indemedia source claimed that there was "According to the media watchdog group Media Matters, subsequent press coverage focused only on Bush's light-hearted comedy, while omitting mention of Colbert's blistering performance." You want to talk about a mainstream source? Indymedia is not a mainstream source. It is a network of activists who are basically blogging. They aren't journalists. They do not support journalism. They do not want professional journalism. They want amatuer accounts. They say on their FAQ that "Some come to their Indymedia organizing with a deeper goal, to enable people, while they're "becoming the media," to realize they can take control of other aspects of their lives that they previously left up to 'experts' or 'professionals.'" Editor and Publisher is the oldest journal covering the newspaper industry. Nah. Just because nearly every editor and publisher in the news industry reads this newspaper doesn't make it mainstream at all. So, if that doesn't do it for you, check out this story that talks about Colbert's scathing remarks: It was an Associated Press story picked up and published April 30th. It was also published by MSNBC at: Nah. Not one major news media outlet covered Stephen Colbert's comedy routine. What a shame.
  by: tomblik     05/18/2006 08:31 PM     
While you are being pedantic, it would be a long stretch to call editor and publisher a mainstream publication. Mainstream would imply it is read by the general public and not select industry members.

Perhaps the SN article could be changed to "widely" or "mostly" unreported for accuracy.

A couple of lines about Stephen Colbert making quips about the president doesn't really cut it. The AP post isn't a report about his routine, it is a report about the dinner having comedians. The editor and publisher article is a report about the routine, but isn't mainstream.
(Actually the E&P article is good, I hope that the people who read it take note!)
  by: jendres     05/22/2006 12:32 AM     
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