Mainstream Media: Stephen? Stephen Who?
Reported by Marie Therese - April 30, 2006
Today, if you were an average American viewer of any one of the three major cable news stations and you had seen news reports about last night's White House Correspondents Dinner, the name "Stephen Colbert" is not one that would immediately leap into your mind. That's because there is an ongoing, concerted, deliberate media blackout of any coverage of Colbert's politically charged comedic appearance at that dinner. If Colbert is mentioned at all, it is merely to state that he was there. Colbert finds himself trapped inside the media "Cone of Silence."
One wonders if the word has gone out from the White House: Stifle references to Colbert or suffer the consequences. Or is this deafening silence the result of the collective guilty conscience of the MSM media?
In the long run, one also wonders about Mr. Colbert's future at Comedy Central, a channel owned by Viacom, which also owns CBS. Sumner Redstone, Chairman of Viacom, flip-flopped, changing his party affiliation to Republican immediately after the Memogate story broke. (cf. SourceWatch.)
For this reason, I think it's vitally important to let Comedy Central know that you would be very upset were they to yank The Colbert Report show from their line-up.