Soon after David Letterman announced he was going to retire and I read the first reports that CBS wanted Stephen Colbert to replace him, I knew it was going to happen. Unless Colbert was insane (and I knew that he wasn’t) there was no way he would turn down that gig.
I also knew if he were to be given the job, conservatives would lose their minds.
Which is basically what’s happened.
Rush Limbaugh said that, “CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America.” Honestly, I don’t even know what that means. Letterman poked fun at both political parties, and every president who sat in the White House, but he’s not someone I would call a friend to conservatives.
So his comment honestly made no sense. Then again, most of what Limbaugh says doesn’t make any sense.
But it wasn’t just him – several conservative friends I know had “brilliant” opinions on the matter. One of my more right-wing friends told me that this proves that “liberals own the media and are furthering their grip to brainwash Americans with their lies.”
This from someone who honestly believes Fox News is “fair and balanced.” No, seriously, he doesn’t believe that Fox News has any kind of bias at all.
I’ve run across several other conservatives who’ve made little snide remarks about the decision. One comment I saw on an article announcing the story said, “One liberal scum to replace another liberal scum on the liberal scum network CBS.”
It never occurs to these people that maybe the reason why so much news seems “liberally biased” is because their side is completely full of crap? It’s the most common method of an entity that’s trying to brainwash people. First you tell those you wish to brainwash that only “select” information sources are to be trusted (Fox News for example). Then you convince those who you’re trying to brainwash that any other source which contradicts what their sources are saying are being biased against their cause. Basically, any information that proves their propaganda false is “part of the conspiracy against us and the truth.”
It’s what conservatives do best. If it’s not Fox News, it’s liberally biased propaganda. So liberals say science proves evolution and climate change? Oh, sure that’s what they want you to think. When facts aren’t convenient to your propaganda, attacks the facts.
But the conservative reaction to Colbert taking over for Letterman was predictable and pathetic. They hate the thought of someone liberals admire having a bigger stage with which to mock their ridiculousness. I am really curious though, will Bill O’Reilly finally have the guts to take an interview with Colbert?
I guess only time will tell.