Bravo, Stephen

By Steve Outing

I’ve never taken a fancy to Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report. But bravo to him for his stinging performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner the other night. The comedian pulled no punches and made a lot of people in the room uncomfortable: the Bush administration for its failures and bad policies, and the White House press corps for letting them get away with it. Reports have Bush seething at the performance. (Good! … OK, so you know which way I lean.)

Here’s something odd. Type “Stephen Colbert” into the search box at and you’ll find no apparent coverage of the Colbert-insults-president brouhaha. What’s with that? I’m sorry, but this isn’t trivial. A check of Google News finds several hundred stories elsewhere about the Bush skewering. Did the Times ignore it because Colbert offended its reporters? Geez, that snub is beneath the Times. Sad.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!

One Response to "Bravo, Stephen"

  1. Nana
    Nana 11 years ago .Reply

    Why lean at all?
    Why not just support the President as an American Citizen….sir Journalist? Make suggestions for improvements on policies you don’t like.

    I wonder what the world would look like today if you leaners supported the President, supported what the troops believe in, encouraged good policies, offered solutions, and all that sort of good citizenry stuff. Don’t give me that nonsense about not having to support things you don’t agree with.

    I’m sorry to be so blunt, we’ve never met and I don’t like to be rude. However, this is getting ridiculous. You leaners are bordering on being traitorous.

    Freedom of the Press means freedom to speak without telling lies.
    Patriotism means you support your President, and vote for change if you don’t like what’s going on.

    Seriously, fella, take a look at what you leaners say about the President. Would you seriously want anyone to treat you this way? Do you sleep at night after telling lies about the President? Would you prefer that we all get naked & commit adultery, abort babies, use drugs, become gay, and pull the blinds when it comes to the inhumanity of other nations/dictators? Should we close all the churches, remove all evidence of God, take the guns away from law abiding citizens-but give them to low-life’s? Would that make you happy? Should we forgive the terrorists, but shoot the President?

    I cannot understand what happened to half of the moral fabric of our society. You leaners must have lost it during the Clinton administration. Cuz, don’t ya know….apparently he gave you all the right to cheat on your spouses and disrespect the office of the Presidency. Monkey see, monkey do.

    WE have a good economy, and low unemployment. We have more opportunities today than at any time in history. What’s your problem, anyway?

    We have high gas prices. Why? I don’t like that fact any more than you probably do (although I’ve heard many leaners are happy about it – makes Bush look bad, don’t ya know.) Maybe if we could build refineries and drill for more oil, things would be different. You environmental ‘wackos’ are the cause of this problem. What you’re doing now isn’t working. Why don’t you spend your time, while your brand of politicians are out of office, working on solutions? At least that way you’ll have something to brag about and run on.

    Stop criticizing and start solving the problems. Please. Pretty please with whipped cream and a cherry on top. OK?

    I wery sawry to vent on yuu. I found your blog by searching the Sphere blog search – under the term Internet Journalism.

    Yes, I’m a Grandma with Internet Connections, and I say you should be very ashamed. Change your attitude, man. Go to church – like a non-denominational church. Bake cookies or something, why don’t ya?

    Nothing personal, as I said, we haven’t met. You might be a really nice guy – but your attitude and your methods or strategies are not working very well.

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