Apparently, until it hit the internet/blogs left and right, the media merely reported that Colbert was there. That was it, not one comment or opinion on his speech. Clearly the media hoped that if they ignored it (thus their decision to not even lambast it), it would go away. Thank God for the internet! Because, of course, they simply can't ignore it any longer with the overwhelming amount of attention it's gotten in the blogosphere. So finally, the media publications are weighing in and of course all they can come up with is that "Colbert was not funny!"
Naturally, it's easier to just put it down to a matter of comedy. Satire! This was satire and it was funny, but in a painful way because there is NOTHING FUNNY about what George Bush has done to this country and how so much of the media has coddled his administration. And Colbert called them on it, all in the guise of a Patriotic American blind in his devotion to his commander in chief that as long as the Prez says it so, that is how it is. To quote Colbert:
"The greatest thing about [Bush] is he's steady. You know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday. Events can change; this man's beliefs never will."
If that's not comic gold, no matter how painfully true, I don't know what is.
Also, according to the Gawker poll, (with links to the transcript/video if the links in my entry below don't work), the results so far about the night are as follows:
Q: Was Stephen Colbert's White House Correspondents' Dinner performance ...
"One of the most patriotic acts I've witnessed of any individual," or
87.9% (9701 votes)
Not really that funny?
12.1% (1341 votes)