Proper satire

What with budget and mining distractions, we haven't heard a peep about this story in Australia, but there's an ongoing fuss in the US media and blogsphere about Stephen Colbert's speech last week to the White House Correspondents' Association (transcript here, video here, lots of interesting responses here and here).

Colbert's speech quite emphatically took the piss out of the powerful and complacent: the President, US government and media. And the point was, he did it in front of the President and the media. That's what satirists are supposed to do! It takes guts to stand next to the US President and say stuff like . . .

I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound — with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.

But you could hardly expect his remarks to be reported by most of the US media when he says . . .

As excited as I am to be here with the president, I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media that is destroying America, with the exception of Fox News. Fox News gives you both sides of every story: the president's side, and the vice president's side.

OK, Fox News is an obvious target and this may not be as ha-ha funny as Adam Sandler movies, but I wish more of our local satirists (I'm talking to YOU, Chaser's War on Everything) had the guts to take on their subjects as fearlessly and comprehensively.

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