Comments on: The bipartisanship of Stephen Colbert http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Myr http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/comment-page-1/#comment-1146 Sun, 03 May 2009 14:57:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/#comment-1146 “conservatives were more likely to report that Colbert only pretends to be joking and genuinely meant what he said…”

If you don’t know that Colbert is obviously way left, then you are simply ignorant. If you have any doubts about Colbert’s political leanings then go back and watch his scathing keynote address at the 2006 White House Correspondent’s Dinner. If you don’t “get it” after watching that, then you are beyond help.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid= -869183917758574879

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By: anthony http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/comment-page-1/#comment-1132 Sat, 02 May 2009 14:39:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/#comment-1132 Many people forget that Stephen Colbert tried to run for president only in South Carolina as a Democcrat. And in a 60 Minute peice on him he admitted that he was just playing a character. He is not more cerebral than Stewart since he say the character he plays is an idiot.

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By: Nicholas Weaver http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/comment-page-1/#comment-1082 Fri, 01 May 2009 15:41:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/#comment-1082 That is true. Colbert is definatly more to the right, but he also has a low tolerance for stupidity regardless of the ideological spectrum.

I think thats why I find him watchable.

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By: Kelli K http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/comment-page-1/#comment-1080 Fri, 01 May 2009 15:15:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/#comment-1080 Colbert is clearly left of center and he got incredibly tedious to watch in the run-up to the election (yes, Stephen, McCain is old, we get it). But in two ways he is genuinely an asset to conservatism, which is why (I suppose) they read him that way. First, he clearly takes his Catholic faith seriously (whereas Stewart’s Jewishness is all ethnicity, no G-d). Secondly, Colbert frequently lands solid punches against the worst gibberish of lefty guests. He also gives a platform to genuinely idiosyncratic thinkers who don’t tow either the right or left line. He’s a bit less predictable and more genuinely cerebral than Stewart.

But he should stick in his box on Comedy Central. Though my kids thought he was hilarious in Monsters vs. Aliens, my husband and I both thought his “contribution” was torpid and unfunny (and yes, we blame him and not the writers). Just sayin.

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By: otto http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/comment-page-1/#comment-1074 Fri, 01 May 2009 13:58:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/#comment-1074 Yet another reason to believe Darwinism over Creationism :-)

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By: J Mann http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/comment-page-1/#comment-1073 Fri, 01 May 2009 13:35:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/#comment-1073 I’m too lazy to pull the actual article, so I can’t really speak to its findings.

Speaking as a conservative, though, I’ve often felt that *some* of the time, particularly when Colbert is beating up a particularly dumb lefty, Colbert (or some of his writers) mean some of what he says.

If I had to guess, I would also guess that Colbert falls *slightly* to the right of John Stewart, although I wouldn’t have tremendous confidence in the guess, and I assume he’s still pretty far left.

I assume that lefties watching the same show would disagree to some extent, but our disagreement would mostly be one of degree.

On the other hand, if we’re talking people who believe that Colbert is completely straight and that *everything* he says is serious, then I’d want to see the numbers on both sides.

(p.s.: I once dated a woman who thought that _Spinal Tap_ was a factual documentary about a real band, despite having seen the movie twice. She was, IIRC, a liberal.)

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By: Nicholas Weaver http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/comment-page-1/#comment-1071 Fri, 01 May 2009 13:07:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/01/the-bipartisanship-of-stephen-colbert/#comment-1071 Thats actually the real genius of Colbert: He’s so close to what the extreme right of the Republican party says and thinks that the satire can be missed by those too far in. Its quite amusing.

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