sticking it up.

Well done, son. I am not familiar with Stephen Colbert’s stuff, although I will keep an eye out for it in the future.

After being out-of-action and offline for a couple of days, I was listening to Phillip Adams speaking to Bruce Shapiro discuss Stephen Colbert’s performance at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.

About friggin’ time. This was good (transcript here, bit of the video here). No, it was really good.

It was good to hear someone sit there and expose POTUS* to commonly held views of him and his performance. And to generally just take the piss.

It was also good to hear tell the press how pandering and gutless they have been throughout this President’s tenure.

“As excited as I am to be here with the president, I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media that is destroying America, with the exception of Fox News. Fox News gives you both sides of every story: the president’s side, and the vice president’s side.But the rest of you, what are you thinking, reporting on NSA wiretapping or secret prisons in eastern Europe? Those things are secret for a very important reason: they’re super-depressing. And if that’s your goal, well, misery accomplished.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.

But, listen, let’s review the rules. Here’s how it works: the president makes decisions. He’s the Decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put ’em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know – fiction!”

update: The full presentation can be downloaded here from democracy now!

* I have been sick and doing nothing but watch West Wing for last couple of days.



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2 responses to “sticking it up.

  1. that’s a very constructive comment. thankyou.

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