The Moral and Political Power of Stephen Colbert
In a thread below, Joe K. asked about the influence that Colbert and Stewart have on moral and political discussion. Today’s strongly worded — too insulting, in fact, — NYT op-ed from Frank Rich furnishes a good evidence that the influence is considerable, thanks in part to the viral nature of video clips. Rich applauds and highlights Colbert in the course of making his own point.
1. The National Organization for Marriage, run by Maggie Gallagher and Robert George, produced a commercial against same-sex marriage.
2. The Colbert Report spoofed the commercial in a heavily watched skit.
She’s smart enough to know that attacking Colbert will backfire. Prophetic denunciation is ineffective against satire. It only brings on more satire.