Cable news hosts don’t like the way they labor to produce live television only to watch it get
fricasséed in highly scripted segments by Comedy Central stars Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. Earlier this summer, CNN eminence Chris Cuomo told this blog: “If it seems like I’m being disrespectful of Jon Stewart, it’s only because I am. He’s funny but he doesn’t do the job we do and he shouldn’t pretend he does.” That dis came after Stewart held up for ridicule a slip-up by Cuomo during coverage of the downing of Malyasia Airline Flight 17.
Just last night, Colbert had some fun at the expense of Fox News host Sean Hannity, noting how often he resorted to the word “literally” in his recent reporting from Israel. TVNewser asked Hannity to respond, and out poured the contempt:
Look, Stephen Colbert. . . . I understand that people have their job to do. First of all, he’s not as funny as Jon Stewart. Stephen Colbert will have the lowest-rated late night show. There are issues that just aren’t funny. Terrorism isn’t funny. I didn’t see the bit. I won’t see it. I don’t care.
Maybe Stephen Colbert needs to come over here and get a dose of reality. He sits in the comfort of his studio, reading jokes written for him by 30 writers. So, I have a challenge for Stephen Colbert: I’ll pay for your flight. I’ll pay for your hotel, your meals. Then you sit on the border. You talk to the people. You sit across from the mother of an Israeli solider who was killed, and then make a joke about it.