By S. McClennen
America in keeping with Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy submit September 11 argues that, unlike the anti-intellectualism, the sensationalism, and the punditry that have a tendency to manipulate so much mass media this day, Stephen Colbert's application bargains his viewers the chance to appreciate the context in which so much information is mentioned and to be serious of it.
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Military. It is worth recalling that it was after Bush’s announcement that he later called for a troop surge. , depressing) news. As Colbert puts it: “ Over the last five years you people were so good— over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effects of global warming. We Americans didn’t want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out. ”37 Colbert suggests that it is the media’s responsibility to make information available to the public, even when that information may be 28 A m e r ic a A c c or di ng t o C ol be r t disturbing and might lead people to look away in discomfort.
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.
Colbert’s “I believe” series begins with statements that emphasize Bush’s simple thought process and his tendency to favor his gut over facts: “Number one, I believe in America. I believe it exists. 3 The screen captures the proximity of Colbert to Bush and documents Bush’s increasing discomfort. 4 Bush and Bridges embrace after their performance. tells me I live there. ”21 Another series aimed at the distance between Bush administration rhetoric and the harsh realities in Iraq: “I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least.
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