Wednesday, May 03, 2006

If a Comedian Makes a Joke in a Desolate Wood, Is He Still Funny?

Mainstream press coverage of the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner last Saturday virtually ignored the presentation of Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, who performed a gut-bustingly hillarious routine that was scathingly critical of the Bush administration.

As netizens debate whether the Colbert media blackout amounts to a conspiracy, one point remains crystal clear: the desire of all major networks and newspapers to suppress this routine, while at the same time playing up a comedic bit between George W. Bush and a Bush impersonator.

They say that because of the second Bush White House, satire is dead.

But when media supression becomes so naked, could conspiracy theory itself be on life support?

(Listen to the routine yourself at the Democracy Now website. It comprises approximately the last fifteen minutes of the broadcast.)


Blogger Johnny said...

He might end up like the TV funny man in "V for Vendetta" when he made fun of the Chancellor.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Johnny said...

and here's an article about how pissed Bush was: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/060501/1whwatch.htm

10:59 AM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

Thanks for the link, Johnny. Sounds like a great piece, and I'll see if I can find similar information elsewhere. For some reason this link's telling me that I'm not authorized to go there.

2:25 PM  

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