By S. McClennen
America in accordance with Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy publish September 11 argues that, unlike the anti-intellectualism, the sensationalism, and the punditry that have a tendency to control so much mass media this present day, Stephen Colbert's application bargains his viewers the chance to appreciate the context in which such a lot information is said and to be severe of it.
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Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. ”38 The room responded with silence. Colbert followed by shouting out to a few “journalists” he called heroes: Christopher Buckley, editorial writer famous for his political satire and son of William F. , who appeared on The Colbert Report to talk about Thank You for Smoking (March 13, 2006); economist Jeffrey Sachs39, who appeared on Colbert’s show (March 2, 2006) to talk about his book The End of Poverty ; Ken Burns, a documentary filmmaker with work on the Civil War, baseball, and jazz and who has worked with PBS (appeared on November 1, 2005); and Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation, who Colbert contrasted against cable news hosts who shout at their guests and ignore facts.
One of his primary targets has long been the public’s acceptance of biased, illogical, unsubstantiated ideas as true. Colbert did not take aim at the general public, though. Instead he focused on the sources of these ideas: Bush, his administration, right-wing pundits, and inane media were all under fire that night. Colbert’s access point to critiquing the media during his WHCA speech is very clever, though. He actually hints that the media in 2006 had become more critical of Bush and less passive (which arguably was true).
The construction of false binaries, where two pundits with extreme views face off, is standard Fox fare. As Colbert stated during an interview at Harvard’s John F. 34 Colbert critiques the way that commentary has come to overshadow the presentation of information to viewers. Instead of news, viewers get pundits who shout their unsubstantiated, vitriolic, divisive opinions at their audience. Their goal is not to encourage reasoned debate and civic engagement. Instead they aim to create cult followers.
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