Let’s get a couple of things straight before getting to the meat today. First of all, I don’t watch Stephen Colbert. I never have. It’s not that I have anything against him, I just don’t think he’s very funny. He’s a hack of a comedian that has a television show and that’s it. So when he went on his tirade against Donald Trump for walking away during an interview with CBS News John Dickerson, I frankly don’t pay much attention to that.
America (and the FCC) needs to realize, he’s an entertainer. His thoughts on anything political don’t matter a hill of beans. Yes, he has a right to have an opinion, and yes, he has a right to share that opinion with anyone that wants to tune in and listen. But frankly, I don’t think too highly of people that look at people like him or Jon Stewart as “news” people. They’re not. They are political and comedic hacks that have a shtick and that’s how they make a living.
So what if he calls out Donald Trump and uses a homophobic joke on him? Who really cares? I probably have said much worse about people on the other side of the aisle here on this blog. The only difference is, I have freedom of the press on my side (ok…I realize that’s a stretch to say I’m “press”), but the first amendment covers me and frankly, regardless what the FCC says, they don’t have total control of the internet just yet. Well, that and you can still swear and show porn on the internet.
The whole case is being overblown…because who really cares what people like Colbert think anyway? Liberals have a tendency to blow this stuff way out of proportion because they can’t go after people like Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity and get away with it, so when someone on the conservative side tries it with some idiot like Colbert, they want to have equal treatment…and you know something? They should get it. It doesn’t stick against Hannity and Limbaugh, because the left really don’t care what those two think, so why should it stick against people like Colbert and Kimmel? They (like Hannity and Limbaugh) are nothing more than placeholders on TV or radio and temporary placeholders at that. Once their ratings take a nose dive (they always do), they’re gone. Don’t believe me? Ask David Letterman or Jay Leno.
So what if some second-rate comedian tells a joke about the president? So what if it was “controversial”. Do you really think a year from now anyone will even remember it? And what is the worst thing that could happen? CBS faces a fine and Colbert gets his wrist slapped with a fine (that CBS pays for him)? So what? His ratings for the next two weeks will go through the roof because of what he said. Everyone will tune in waiting for more. And like everything else, it will die down and we will all get back to normal.
The lesson in all of this is simple. Chill out. It’s not worth getting into a pissing contest over.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!