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Round One: Steve Doocy Fires First Salvo at Colbert

Reported by Marie Therese - May 1, 2006

Perennial sycophant Steve Doocy, host of FOX & Friends, panned Stephen Colbert today in his online column at FOXNews.com. After a starry-eyed recap of his 2 minute meeting with superstar George Clooney, Doocy praised the President's "Me and My Shadow" stand-up routine, then made disparaging remarks about Colbert's performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner last Saturday night (4-29-06).

"Sadly for Stephen Colbert of the Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report," he'd been hired by the Correspondents Association to provide an amusing 15 minutes after the president's comedy routine. In the past the comic entertainers would take shots at both the president and the correspondents — instead this year it was one unflattering jab at the president followed by another. I was a few rows back, so I got a good look at Mr. Bush who was grinning a bit at the start, but when he realized he was nothing but a punching bag, he stopped smiling. Personally, I thought Mr. Colbert had gone over the line of what is appropriate when a sitting president is sitting four feet away. But keep in mind, I'm not an entertainment reviewer, I'm just a guy who put on a tuxedo and went to a dinner with his wife. That's all.

During this morning's FOX & Friends 1st, Doocy gushed over his meeting with Clooney, but seemed peeved that the actor has not called him in the last 48 hours! He then aired several of his candid snapshots of various FOX personalities "hanging out" with the VIPs at the Newsweek party. (If you really MUST view the photos, you can access them through the link above.)

Doocy then said, that the President "was playing a good sport as his body double was there but, shortly after that the paid performer, Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report took the stage and did about 15 minutes and it was very uncomfortable. Personally I felt like he went over the line. Today in Lloyd Grove's column he said that Stephen Colbert bombed badly. It was not very funny, his material."

Co-host Kiran Chetry* chimed in, saying "...Is it weird to sit there and roast the President of the United States? I mean, Imus with Clinton, that never worked out either."

Lloyd Grove, who writes for the New York Daily News said this:

"As for the after-dinner entertainment, the conventional wisdom was that Bush killed with his self-mocking routine - 'The President was fantastic,' gushed staunch Dem Patricia Duff — while the hired talent, Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert, bombed badly. 'It was an insider crowd, as insider a crowd as you'll ever have, and he didn't do the insider jokes,' said BET founder Bob Johnson."

Was the coverage this morning just a prelude to the spluttering invective being readied by Gibson, O'Reilly and Hannity for tonight's viewing audience? Or, is this the last time we'll hear the name "Stephen Colbert" on the "most powerful name in news"?

Stay tuned!

* Note: Orginal post incorrectly listed Julie Banderas as the co-host. MT 05-02-06 2:33 AM EDT

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