By S. McClennen
America in accordance with Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy submit Sept. 11 argues that, unlike the anti-intellectualism, the sensationalism, and the punditry that have a tendency to control so much mass media this present day, Stephen Colbert's software bargains his viewers the chance to appreciate the context during which so much information is stated and to be serious of it.
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Colbert, in contrast, had feigned adoration of the president in a way that made his disapproval obvious, and on top of that, he had dared to directly address such touchy subjects as the loss of innocent life for an unjust war, the unwavering idiocy of the president, and the criminal complicity of the mainstream press that had been busy having a good time while the nation was in crisis. Clearly, he needed to be punished. One form of punishment came via assertions that his performance had not been covered by the mainstream press was because it simply was not funny.
Certainly, comedians were not immune to post-9/11 assaults on dissent, as evidenced by ABC-TV’s decision to fire Bill Maher in 2002, but it remains the case that public figures like Jon Stewart, Maher 42 A m e r ic a A c c or di ng t o C ol be r t (who later moved to HBO), and Stephen Colbert used satire, comedy, and irony to question political practices post-9/11 in ways that were less possible in traditional news venues. The Public Is a Problem Most advocates of democracy recognize that, for it to truly function, citizens need to be able to actively participate in making key decisions about government policy.
M. ” April 30: Footage of Bush’s performance also aired on NBC’s Nightly News. They showed no footage of Colbert. May 1: All three major networks played clips of Bush’s routine on their morning shows, but ignored Colbert entirely. CNN’s American Morning did the same. May 1: The New York Times article on the event detailed the Bush and Bridges performance. The article reported, “With his approval ratings in the mid-30’s and a White House beset by troubles, there is some evidence that Mr. 49 The nearly complete removal of Colbert’s performance from reports on the WHCA Dinner by the very media sources that had been the brunt of much of his satire seems to require little explanation.
America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy by S. McClennen