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Comedian Colbert “inappropriate”?

September 26, 2010

Comedian Stephen Colbert’s satirical testimony before Congress last week left some lawmakers cold, and one of them was House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer.
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“I think it was inappropriate,” Hoyer said on “Fox News Sunday” when asked about Colbert’s appearance before a House judiciary subcommittee on immigration where he testified on his brief stint as a migrant farm worker.

Hoyer said Colbert’s testimony, delivered in his Comedy Central television character as an over-the-top conservative news commentator, hurt him more than it did lawmakers.

“I think it was an embarrassment for Mr. Colbert more than the House,” Hoyer said. “If he had a position on the issues, he should have given those issues.”

With Democrats fearing major losses in the coming November elections, a hearing on whether illegal migrant workers are taking jobs away from Americans, was perhaps no laughing matter. Colbert testified before the subcommittee’s headed by Democrat Zoe Lofgren of California.

Photo credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (Colbert onĀ  Capitol Hill)

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what did they expect? Why in the world would they invite him in the first place?

Posted by fromthecenter | Report as abusive
 

the more i watch congress do nothing,the more i know we are in trouble.i am a democrat & always have been & would ever vote for a stinking ass republican.but we have too many liLng ass people in congress who clain to be domocrats that are republicans & could never have there if they had run on who they really were & they know it & the american public neets to wake up & watch how They sleep with the republican party & get rid of them.like joe lieburman as a man he;s a joke so you know he;s nothing much as senator.no wonder this country is in bad conditions since we have so much white trash so are so stupid they are not able to think.

Posted by buck38 | Report as abusive
 

Colbert made his position quite clear. He talked about giving migrant workers certain rights and visa status so they could not be exploited. He is a citizen and this is a democracy. I pity the fools who lack the intelligence or discernment to distinguish between when he’s being serious and when he’s in satirical mode. Congress is full of morons because they reflect the intelligence of the voters.

Posted by kormac66 | Report as abusive
 

I’m a republican, but I thought it was funny. It was almost as funny as the rebuff, when he was asked to leave the House chamber.

Posted by koneo | Report as abusive
 

The Conservative Media still resent Stephen Colbert because he so brilliantly lampooned them to their faces at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner over their coziness with the Bush White House.
Thanks to Colbert, a hearing on migrant workers that would have been ignored by mainstream media was jammed with mainstream journalists. And that’s a good thing — because the plight of migrant farm workers is otherwise ignored.

Posted by GetpIaning | Report as abusive
 

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