Stephen Colbert's performance at the Correspondents' Dinner has to be
one of the great WTF! moments of 2006. Not for what he said,
but because anyone expected something different. In much the same way
that Jon Stewart
punctured the pomposity of the hosts of CNN's Crossfire and was
accused by these media windbags of "just not being funny", Mr. Colbert
dared speak "truthiness" to the president and the press corp. (Or
should that be press corpse? Check to see if they're breathing.) And
the verdict among those in power, or kneeling at the feet of power, is
the same: "not funny".
Me, I think it's hysterical. And not just because I enjoy the
spectacle of the leader of the free world being discomfited, although
that's true enough. This is what Stephen Colbert is good at, what
he's known for. How can anybody invite him to roast the president and
the press and not expect him to turn the dial up to broil?
Some of us like our dead meat cooked well done. And with this
audience, that's rare indeed.