In the Press — March 2012

Stephen Colbert media When news stories fall through the cracks, we here at Colbert News Hub catch it for a post we call “In the Press”.  

The media has taken a strong look at Stephen’s satirical influence over the political process and they are all a buzz about it.  Of course, his brief absence from the show caused nearly as much press as his most genius satirical stunts.  It’s been an odd couple of months In The Press and this post will follow suit.  The format may be different but the media frenzy remains the same.

 

In Depth Look: A man, a PAC, and a mission from God?

Well Nation, the media just can’t say enough about our fearless leader thumbing his nose at the political process by forming his own Super PAC.  From hailing Stephen for his genius satire to speculating about what he just might but more than likely won’t do next, media moguls have managed to analyze every angle of this ongoing work of satire.  In fact, if one were to read media reactions alone, they’d expect Stephen and Jon to appear wearing black suits and sunglasses and answer all PAC related questions with the simple but pointed response, “We’re on a mission from God.”

Reader’s Digest gives Stephen a starring role in their “…11 rules to pull off a political prank”.  He lands at number one in their hilarious look at political pranksters that is sure to make you laugh out loud.  At least one of these bad boys will hit your funny bone hard.

The Huffington Post   prints an opinion article on the “real reason” why Super PACs are having such a corrupting influence on the political landscape in a downward spiral of logic where reality appears to be quickly slipping through the fingers of it’s author.  It is stunning, it is amusing, and it’s somehow inspired by none other than our hero and his mild mannered Super PAC side kick.

NJ.com  bestows a plethora of praise on the PACs contribution to our national awareness and gives a interesting and insightful look on the drastic change in laws governing political contributions.

Chron.com reports that folks in the state of Texas have contributed more money to American’s For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow than to Mitt Romney’s Super PAC “Restore Our Future”, ain’t it beautiful?

Stephen Colbert, art, democrats and republicans

John Kascht | Reader's Digest

Rollingstone gives us a seriously unique and interesting analysis of how the work of 1960s comedian Pat Paulsen made a satirical run for presidency a reality long before Stephen threw his hat into the ring.  Ironically, Stephen’s original sponsor and official chip of freedom, Doritos, was invented just a few years prior to this ground breaking satirical work.  Coincidence?  I think not.

Rutgers interviews law professor Frank Askin who hails Stephen for using his PAC to educate American citizens on the Citizens Untied ruling.

Politico waxes poetical about that decision Stephen never made to run for president using American’s Elect as a spring board.  The article is an interesting journey into what might happen and the ramifications it may have if Stephen were, in fact, doing anything of the kind.

The Washington Post follows up on the opinion post from January decrying Stephen’s Super PAC and it’s influence on the political landscape by printing letters to the editor in reaction to the piece.

Stephen Colbert, Strangers With Candy, Movie Premiere

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 In Depth Look: Culture Warrior.

From the very first episode of The Report, in which he coined the term “truthiness”, Stephen has impacted popular cultures around the world.  The articles selected here take a look at the various ways Stephen is currently shaping, participating in, and being affected by popular culture as we know it.

A writer for Impact, The University of Nottingham’s Official Student Magazine, gives credit to Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart for making American politics so interesting to follow for our friends across the pond.

Huff Post released an article linking to a blog dedicated to studying and confronting Truthiness in the Media.  Apparently, Harvard University and MIT came together to conduct a symposium about the phenomenon and you can browse the various theories and solutions presented by it’s participants.

The Washington Post reports the results of a Pew poll comparing the influence of television hosts, such as our own Mr. Colbert, to social media sites in forming people’s opinions of the current presidential campaign.  While I believe the article largely uses Stephen’s name to draw attention to it, it’s still a brief and interesting read.

The New York Times gives us yet another report of the importance young men place on the work of Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, and comedians in general.  This time the findings have revealed an interesting change in youth culture.  Young people are now using humor as opposed to music  to form their identities and view comedians over musicians as expressing the voice of their generation.

Sydney Morning Herald reports on the difficulties Vito Vincent has faced trying to land a role in Hollywood following his guest appearance on The Colbert Report.   All of his attempts to bribe Hollywood moguls with catnip have failed thus far.

In this brief article at MassLive.com looks at the illustrious ranks of celebrity children’s books authors that Stephen is joining.  A few may surprise you!

Huff Post analyzes the lack of comedians among conservatives with the help of humor professor, Peter McGraw.  The article was inspired by a panel on comedy titled  “Political Humor 2.0: Teh Internetz is Leaking.” The Daily Show’s own Rory Albanese participated on the panel.

The Province  reports on aspiring artist Katherine Chan’s art homage to Stephen entitled, “Cobeagle The Eagle”.  The gaint eagle sculpture was created to draw attention to fund raising for a local food bank in Vancouver.

Stephen Colbert, NBC

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In Depth:  Everybody’s talkin bout Stephen

Several celebrities made mention of Stephen in their interviews this month.

Syndey Morning Herald brings us an interview in which Shaun Micallef (host of ‘Talking About Your Generation’) reveals he doesn’t watch much on TV other than The Colbert Report and The Daily Show.

The Chicago Sun Times interviewed William Shatner who addmitted to being out of his depth during his Colbert Report appearance.

Val Kilmer briefly mentions Stephen and Jon when asked who the modern day Mark Twain is in this interview with The Hollywood Reporter.  Finally, someone in Hollywood has the courage to say what we’ve all been thinking.

Stephen Colbert

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Tip of the Hat

This month goes to JavaSavant from the Huff Post article “Colbert & Stewart Get Last Laughs on Super PAC”:

Colbert and Stewart did not make a mockery of campaign laws. The US Supreme Court did that. Colbert and Stewart just pointed out how much.

Seriously, if you can’t see the difference between beating someone up and raising funds that will never be used, just give up. Everything.

If you think corporations are people, then they should have the same campaign donation limits that people have. Untraceable money has no place in politics.

Wag of the Finger

Politico get’s a finger wag so intense, their mama just felt a breeze.  Why, you might ask? Because nobody, and I mean nobody, implies that American’s For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow ever does anything but soar like an eagle.  Don’t take my word for it, check your gut.

  • CN Helper

    “If you think corporations are people, then they should have the same campaign donation limits that people have. Untraceable money has no place in politics.” Word up my friend. It will take me a fortnight to get through all these articles, but it is apparent that media onslaught continues. I don’t know how I would feel to have so much press on me all of the time–it seems like an awful much!

    I am still curious to see how the SuperPAC is going to play out, and clearly the media is still digesting it as well. I suppose once we get a Republican nominee sorted out, it will ramp up again in earnest.

    Thanks for this great post, Kris!

    • Kris

      Sorry about the late response!

      Glad you liked Javasavant’s quote. Sometimes people just say simple truths so plainly it’s a sight to behold:)

      I can understand the feeling when it comes to the amount of press. What’s even worse is there’s tons of articles just about a particular bit Stephen did on the show. It can be like looking needles in a hay stack to find information worth sharing.

      *psst: the Rollingstone article and the Huffpost article inspired by Teh Internets is Leaking are probably the most interesting articles, just my opinion*

      I don’t see why Stephen couldn’t keep the Super PAC going for years. There’ll always be another election around the corner. At least, until they reverse the Citizen’s United ruling *scoffs*.

      Always a pleasure:)

      I couldn’t help but notice that Stephen made reference to the Chron.com article on the show. For no good reason it made me inexplicably happy.

  • Erika

    I remember once hearing that Val Kilmer showed up REALLY early for his interview on The Daily Show back in the day, because he loved it so much……so it was funny to see him talk about Jon and Stephen and how much he admires them. I can’t agree with him more!

    • Kris

      Sorry for the late response!

      It’s pretty sweet that Val’s a fan of the shows.

      What I loved best about it was his relating them to Twain as I often correlate their work, as well as, Chaplin’s. Yes, they’re funny but their jokes often contain valid social criticisms. They thumb their noses at the powerful and use humor to both describe and affect the world around them. Still, I don’t think any of them have or had any sort of real “agenda” or lust for power. It was nice to see someone recognise those parallels and say it.