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05 May 2006 @ 08:07 pm
Colbert's WH Correspondent's Dinner Speech  
As a Colbert fan, I knew about this, but today was the first day that I was able to sit down and watch it, as well as read the commentary on it. I think that Editor & Publisher did a great job in covering why this has struck such a chord. And especially made a wonderful case by pointing out the blindness of the press by comparing the complete nonreaction from the press to Bush's WMD skit two years ago. For me, I was most pleased simply by the fact that he stood up and did this RIGHT IN FRONT OF BUSH! How many frustrated Americans would give their eyetooth to be able to point out what Bush has done so wrong? A lot and Stephen Colbert did it. He did it!

If anyone is interested in reading any of the articles from E&P, here are the links:

Colbert Lampoons Bush at White House Correspondents Dinner -- President Not Amused?

Pressing Issues with Greg Mitchell (Bush WMD Skit)

To read Colbert's speech in its entirety go here.

I was able to find the torrent at mininova of the speech, but you can also watch it on RP from C-spans -- here is the search results page, just click on the 2nd search result. Colbert White House Correspondents Dinner Video.

I know the internet has been abuzz about this and if anyone can link to other articles of interest regarding this, I would appreciate seeing them.
A Girl Called Shannon: VM - Shutterbugzimshan on May 6th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
OH! Thank you for linking the video! I'm ashamed I haven't taken the initiative to hunt it down myself, but I've just kept forgetting. Finally I get to see this thing everyone's been talking about.
Arabian: Colbertarabian on May 6th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
I will be interested to hear your reaction, so please do share. Personally, it wasn't "funny" as the Colbert Report is, but it wasn't meant to be haha funny. It was satire, which all of those against him have completely missed. And as satire, it was damn straight on-target. Admittedly, I think the video at the end went on a little too long, but the speech just delivered some mighty fine zingers against Bush and the press who have been placating the Bush administration with their soft coverage.

Gosh, I love Stephen Colbert!

Reading the transcript and video, my favorite part in relation to the press was towards his close:

"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."

To quote Jon Stewart (who -- naturally -- supported Colbert), "It was balls-alicious." Ain't that the truth!