Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert hardly replicated the grand critique of Fox News mustered on Tuesday night by colleague Jon Stewart, but on his show last night he took a swing or two. Coming off of vacation, Colbert zeroed in on comments from Fox Newsies on the media’s extensive coverage of the events in Ferguson, Mo. For example, the Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell said on Fox: “How did this incident justify hundreds if not thousands of nonstop hours of coverage when there is so much going on in the world?” Also on Fox, the Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis said the media presence in Ferguson has “probably made things more volatile.”
And Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz wondered whether a mass departure of the media from Ferguson would have had “an impact on the violence.”
To which Colbert rejoined: “It’s true — the presence of a camera clearly makes people behave recklessly. ‘Cause I don’t believe for a minute that Howie Kurtz would have floated the idea that journalists are to blame for the Ferguson violence if a camera wasn’t pointed at him. For his own safety, get this man off of television.”
For the record, the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. and the conditions that led to the Ferguson protests are terribly worthy matters of media obsession.