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By S. McClennen

Is the comedy of Stephen Colbert easily enjoyable or is it robust political satire? Does it entertain audience or does it empower them? Or does it train us that during today’s media-saturated global these binaries make no feel? the US in response to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy claims that Colbert’s satire fosters severe wondering social matters, encourages energetic citizenship, and entertains the viewer—all while. the 1st e-book to hide a few of the issues and contours of The Colbert record, the US in accordance with Colbert bargains readers perception into the robust ways in which Colbert’s comedy demanding situations the cult of lack of knowledge that has threatened significant public debate and social discussion for the reason that 11th of September.

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In an unprecedented move for the network, C-SPAN demanded that YouTube and iFilm remove unauthorized copies of the video from their sites. Google Video subsequently purchased the exclusive rights to retransmit the video and it remained at or near the top of Google’s most popular videos for the next two weeks. indd 34 9/20/2011 9:25:58 PM I S t a n d b y Th i s M a n ● ● ● 35 Both Editor & Publisher and Salon, which published extensive and early coverage of the Colbert speech, drew record and near-record numbers of viewers to their websites.

It would not be long before the speech became one of the most famous examples of political satire in history. ”45 The silence of the audience foreshadowed the silence on the part of the mainstream media and the White House, which attempted to downplay or criticize the event. ”46 Most initial coverage in the mainstream media focused on the Bush-Bridges skit. As Media Matters reported on May 1, 2006: “Following the annual awards dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association held on April 29, numerous news outlets trumpeted President Bush’s performance at the event.

In addition, it comments on dishonest, manipulative reporters like Judith Miller, who was accused of colluding with the government to leak the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, wife of Ambassador Joe Wilson, who had been a public critic of Bush. The inference based on The New York Times piece is that the news media has two major problems: partisan reporters and the White House’s culture of secrecy and deception. Colbert builds on these ideas and presents the barb that one reason the press is unlikely to pursue facts is that such news simply is not fun and entertaining: “But the rest of you, what are you thinking, reporting on NSA wiretapping or secret prisons in Eastern Europe?

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