Willingly Distracted from the Real News
Before it actually occurred, many in the blogosphere speculated that Congressional testimony by comedian Stephen Colbert was intended to distract from concurrent testimony. If that was the case, from the perspective of mainstream media, the ploy clearly worked. Saturday’s Providence Journal, for example, dutifully covered the “controversy” over the Colbert performance.
Unless I’ve missed it, the paper has yet to mention more-serious testimony by former voting chief for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division Christopher Coates that race determines whose voting rights are protected under the Obama administration.
Yes, Colbert thwarted the strategy at least to the degree that he made a mockery of such hearings and thus threw mud on those who oversee them. But getting dirty is part of politics, and it’s a calculated and tolerated outcome for politicians who prefer that you look at the dirt on their lying faces rather than the tar that they’ve smeared on our civic structure. As for the mainstream media, their pages probably won’t bear the weight of much more fluff.