|There should be a new color in Homeland Security's alert system to warn against comedy that cuts too close to the core in Washington. The brilliant Stephen Colbert, doing his satire of a republican apologist, fell flat. Problem was, it was a little too close to the real thing. Plus he had no qualms about taking on Gannon, WMD, the Iraq Mistake, PlameGate, Scalia, the docile press and more with the President and First Lady sitting right there.|
If only the White House Press Corps had the same type of courage. Riffs like this didn't exactly get Colbert on their side:
Addressing the reporters, he [Colbert] said, "Let's review the rules. Here's how it works. The president makes decisions, he’s the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Put them 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. You know--fiction".
Source: Editor and Publisher