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Jon Stewart Defends Colbert's Dinner Speech
Editor & Publisher ^ | May 2, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 05/02/2006 11:07:14 AM PDT by MC Miker G

NEW YORK Probably to no one's surprise, Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "Daily Show," hailed the performance of his stablemate Stephen Colbert at Saturday night's White House Correspondents dinner. Colbert's lampooning of the president and the press has generated a good deal of praise and criticism.

"It was balls-alicious," Stewart said. "Apparently he was under the impression that they'd hired him to do what he does every night on television" -- that is, make fun of conservatives, public officials, and the press in the guise of an O'Reillyesque talk show host.

"We've never been prouder of him, but HOLY ----," Stewart added.

He also described the annual dinner as "where the President and the press corps consummate their loveless marriage."

Colbert then followed Stewart, on his own show, "The Colbert Report," describing the "honor of appearing" at the big dinner. He said the room was full of "power players," so he "fit right in."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: colbert; comedy; comedycentral; liberals; traitors; treason; whcadinner
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Stewart's exactly right. Colbert did exactly what he does on his show. Only in that crowd, it went over like, uhh, the Hindenberg.

I blame the people that invited him more than I do Colbert. They either should have known, or they did know, what they were getting.

1 posted on 05/02/2006 11:07:17 AM PDT by MC Miker G
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To: MC Miker G

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002426019


2 posted on 05/02/2006 11:07:40 AM PDT by MC Miker G
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To: MC Miker G

..am I the only one that thought he was funny?


3 posted on 05/02/2006 11:08:25 AM PDT by mnehring (http://abaraxas.blogspot.com)
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To: MC Miker G

Hey, the truth hurts.


4 posted on 05/02/2006 11:08:34 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: MC Miker G

Kinda like the idiots who invited Rosanne to sing the National Anthem. Really dumb idea.


5 posted on 05/02/2006 11:08:38 AM PDT by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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To: MC Miker G

He wasn't funny


6 posted on 05/02/2006 11:09:35 AM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: MC Miker G

Couldn't have been any worse, or better, depending on your point of view, than the year Imus showed up and absolutely ripped the Clintons.


7 posted on 05/02/2006 11:10:16 AM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("By the time I'm finished with you, you're gonna wish you felt this good again" - Jack Bauer)
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To: MC Miker G

At least he made Imus feel better.


8 posted on 05/02/2006 11:10:17 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: LIConFem

9 posted on 05/02/2006 11:10:25 AM PDT by jdm (Always looking for an opportunity to post a nasty Helen Thomas pic!)
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To: MC Miker G
That was one quiet room and he wasn't entertaining.

His part about being chased by Helen Thomas fell flatter than an Air America employee on pay day.
10 posted on 05/02/2006 11:10:32 AM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: MC Miker G

Colbert's act flopped without a straight guy and props.
But the real problem was he followed President Bush. That was funny!!!


11 posted on 05/02/2006 11:10:36 AM PDT by griswold3 (Ken Blackwell, Ohio Governor in 2006- No!! You cannot have my governor in 2008.)
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To: mnehrling
..am I the only one that thought he was funny?

Yep.

12 posted on 05/02/2006 11:10:51 AM PDT by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: MC Miker G

I have never found this Colbert guy funny at all, really.


13 posted on 05/02/2006 11:11:50 AM PDT by Catholic Canadian (Formerly Ashamed Canadian - thank you Stephen Harper!)
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To: MC Miker G

I haven't been this pleased about a bombing since Doolittle did Tokyo.


14 posted on 05/02/2006 11:12:19 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: mnehrling

yeah I thought it was pretty funny as well...disrespectful but funny.


15 posted on 05/02/2006 11:13:58 AM PDT by samadams2000 (Somebody important make The Call.....pitchforks and lanterns.!)
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To: mnehrling
..am I the only one that thought he was funny?

Nope. I thought he did alright. Especially the video bit with Helen Thomas. Of course the jokes were meant to rub the administration... they always do. The whole point of the evening is that the President gets to rub back, too. But it's always been a "roast" type event.

16 posted on 05/02/2006 11:14:22 AM PDT by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1100 knives and counting!)
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..am I the only one that thought he was funny?

I didn't think it was too bad, mainly because I didn't see it.

I saw Bush's thing on the internet. It was very funny.

17 posted on 05/02/2006 11:14:59 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: MC Miker G

I am just curious, wtf did the White House THINK was going to happen? It made as much sense as if they hired Olberman to be the press sec instead of the Snowman. Next time they should try this guy.


www.bradstine.com


18 posted on 05/02/2006 11:15:16 AM PDT by trubluolyguy (It wasn't the spikes that kept Him on the cross.)
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To: griswold3

"Colbert's act flopped without a straight guy and props."

I think it had more to do with the type of jokes and the audience. He would get about the same response telling Jesus jokes in the vatican.


19 posted on 05/02/2006 11:15:38 AM PDT by cccp_hater (Just the facts please)
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To: MC Miker G

Jon Stewart is another example of comedians who believe because of what they do, they are instantly qualified to be serious political analysts.

Just like Franken and Garafalo.






20 posted on 05/02/2006 11:15:42 AM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: manic4organic

It was well written, but poorly delivered.


21 posted on 05/02/2006 11:16:20 AM PDT by MC Miker G
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To: mnehrling

"am I the only one that thought he was funny?"

I have to ask, are you Colbert's mom?


22 posted on 05/02/2006 11:16:39 AM PDT by jpf
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To: mnehrling

I thought he was really funny. But then again, I've never had trouble laughing at myself or skewering sacred cows... in fact, that's the kind of humor I prefer!


23 posted on 05/02/2006 11:17:00 AM PDT by Stone Mountain
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To: MC Miker G

I missed the part where he made fun of the press.


24 posted on 05/02/2006 11:17:26 AM PDT by altura (Bushbot No. 1 - get in line.)
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To: mnehrling

No.


25 posted on 05/02/2006 11:18:30 AM PDT by lugsoul ("Crash" - the movie that teaches we are all incurable racists, except when we are not.)
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To: Mo1

He was not funny to me.


26 posted on 05/02/2006 11:19:36 AM PDT by JFC (W, I am with YA)
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To: mnehrling

"..am I the only one that thought he was funny?"

No, there was that other guy who also scored some really good weed that night who thought he was funny.

/joke/


27 posted on 05/02/2006 11:20:16 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: MeanWestTexan

Like No. 23 -- "Stoned on the Mountain."


28 posted on 05/02/2006 11:21:06 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: trubluolyguy

The whitehouse didn't hire him. The Whitehouse Press Corp. did.


29 posted on 05/02/2006 11:21:53 AM PDT by Master of Orion
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To: MC Miker G

His routine had one or two (maybe three) moments that were funny. The Helen video was wretched.


30 posted on 05/02/2006 11:22:06 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: JFC

Even the jokes about the Press weren't funny


31 posted on 05/02/2006 11:22:10 AM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: mnehrling
..am I the only one that thought he was funny?

No, I thought he was funny, too. Humor always contains an element of truth and in D.C., too much truth is deadly.

Methinks his jokes struck a little too close to home.

I especially liked his joke about the fabulous government (governing least) in Iraq.

32 posted on 05/02/2006 11:22:24 AM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (Karen Ryan reporting...)
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To: MC Miker G

Gee, Hitler defends Mussolini. Big suprise.


33 posted on 05/02/2006 11:22:36 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: MC Miker G

"They practically carried me out on their shoulders," he said, "even though I wasn't ready to go."


Now THAT'S funny.


34 posted on 05/02/2006 11:22:45 AM PDT by synbad600
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To: Master of Orion

Then I am surprised that is allowed to happen. I am also surprised they didn't just have Michael Moore come in and yell at the Bush's.


35 posted on 05/02/2006 11:22:56 AM PDT by trubluolyguy (It wasn't the spikes that kept Him on the cross.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Exactly! What is it with the Dems that make them think these "clowns" or "comics" should have a say in the serious business of running the country? We have adults, they have comics.


36 posted on 05/02/2006 11:23:26 AM PDT by mallardx
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To: samadams2000

It doesn't take much to entertain some people, as witness ten-year-old boys making farting noises with their underarms. That's the caliber of humor by the current crop of witless late nighters.


37 posted on 05/02/2006 11:23:32 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: MeanWestTexan
No, there was that other guy who also scored some really good weed that night who thought he was funny. /joke/

Don't quit your day job, Tex.

38 posted on 05/02/2006 11:23:41 AM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (Karen Ryan reporting...)
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To: MC Miker G

I only caught the very end and still haven't seen it, but the room was strangely silent. I only later learned that he had completely bombed.


39 posted on 05/02/2006 11:24:17 AM PDT by Chesterbelloc
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Especially as my employees HAVE to laugh at my jokes.


40 posted on 05/02/2006 11:25:15 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: MC Miker G
"It was balls-alicious," Stewart said.

I am so tired of the culture of 14 year old boys....

susie

41 posted on 05/02/2006 11:26:30 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)

And Imus did exactly what he did every day on his show, too.


42 posted on 05/02/2006 11:26:51 AM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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To: MeanWestTexan
Especially as my employees HAVE to laugh at my jokes.

Only to you face. Behind your back, they're they one's making the jokes --at your expense. (Pun intended)

43 posted on 05/02/2006 11:27:11 AM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (Karen Ryan reporting...)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

I didn't actually hear him, but the clips I heard on some of the radio shows were embarrassingly unfunny.

And even that sympathetic audience couldn't muster a laugh.


44 posted on 05/02/2006 11:27:25 AM PDT by altura (Bushbot No. 1 - get in line.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Amen.
susie


45 posted on 05/02/2006 11:28:07 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: jpf

Didn't waste my time with it. Don't watch Letterman or Maher either.
Would rather chew sand or watch Helen T. take a sitz bath.


46 posted on 05/02/2006 11:29:08 AM PDT by tumblindice (Wanted Dead of Alive: Manbearpig.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Fair enough, but then again, what does qualify one to comment on political matters? It's not as if Rush or Hannity have M.A.'s in political science.


47 posted on 05/02/2006 11:29:40 AM PDT by MC Miker G
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To: kittymyrib

Ah, we see eye to eye! I was a school teacher. I listened to this kind of *humor* day in and day out. It's tiresome (at least to me). It's like laughing at someone slipping on a banana peel or making fun of the fat kid in class.
susie


48 posted on 05/02/2006 11:31:02 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: aculeus
I haven't been this pleased about a bombing since Doolittle did Tokyo. Hmm, I think we performed much better in 1945. Dreseden, Tokyo and the twin atomic blasts were certainly impressive. Still, I'll concede that the Doolittle raid did have more panche.
49 posted on 05/02/2006 11:31:41 AM PDT by Panzerfaust
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To: altura

"I missed the part where he made fun of the press"

Here's what he said:


"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!


50 posted on 05/02/2006 11:31:54 AM PDT by MC Miker G
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