Friday, September 22, 2006

"A Man Whose Spam Filter Decides Primaries"

Last night's Colbert Report brought up an interesting kerfuffle from a few months back that allows me pretense to come very late to said kerfuffle.

With this being the Jewish week of atonement - actually the 10 days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipur, the three-day discrepency surely having something to do with usury - Colbert has installed a hotline to allow various MOTs who have wronged him over the past year to set things straigh with both God and Colbert. Last night, he called out WaPo word doodler Richard Cohen for describing Colbert's performance at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner thusly:

"Colbert was more than rude. He was a bully."

(Digression - Cohen begins the column by laying out his credentials as a funny man. Richard, you're a Jew. EVERYONE knows you're both smart and funny.)

Unsurprisingly to, well, everyone (yes, you too Richard - see smart and funny, above), calling out Colbert in such a fashion resulted in Cohen being buried under a blog-o-flurry of emails telling him what an enormous testicle he is for holding such an opinion.

So, Cohen did what every blogger would do when surfing 'The Colbert Bump', he published a follow-up shedding heavy on both the volume and vitriol of said emails:

"What to make of all this? First, it's not about Colbert. His show has an audience of about 1 million -- not exactly "American Idol" numbers."

The fact that thirteen year old girls and anyone who would sue Clay Aitken for not being straight most likely don't have a ton of time for political satire appears to be lost on Cohen. But let's be charitable for a moment and presume that Cohen meant to say that The Colbert Report - like The Daily Show and Plum TV and The Newshour - is a media outlet whose social impact cashes checks its ratings don't appear to be able to write.

Had he said that, when he held his laptop to his forehead and pronounced Karnak-style that his bulging inbox meant trouble for the Dems in 2008, it might have made sense. Sort of:

"This spells trouble -- not for Bush or, in 2008, the next GOP presidential candidate, but for Democrats... I have seen this anger before -- back in the Vietnam War era... In this way, they managed to prolong the very war they so hated."

Hmmmm. "What to make of all of this?" Well, for starters, RC shouldn't use the week of atonement to make amends with Colbert; he should use it to make amends with poor Ohio. Sorry buckeyes, from now on, as goes Richard Cohen's inbox so goes the nation.

NOTE - By a strange co-incidence, Cohen also had a Carson theme this week.