Oh, how I’m going to miss Stephen Colbert when he moves to CBS in a few months. While I’m sure he’ll bring some of his Colbert Report wit along with him, it’s just not going to be the same. Taking over for David Letterman on CBS isn’t going to afford him the same ability to say many of the things he’s gotten away with saying while working for Comedy Central.
Take for instance when he recently hilariously mocked Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer. You see, Krauthammer used to be the chief resident in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1978. Though, no matter what his background in medicine is, that doesn’t preclude him from being one of the most partisan conservative political commentators in the media.
And, needless to say, he’s extremely anti-Obama.
Well, he decided to offer his “expert opinion” on President Obama’s personality, saying, “So I decided when I left psychiatry never to use my authority, but let me just say as a layman, without invoking any expertise, Obama is clearly a narcissist in the non-scientific use of the word. He is so self-involved, you see it from his rise.”
I’m not even sure what any of that even means. He’s clearly trying to psychologically break down the president – while saying we shouldn’t listen to him because he’s speaking as a “layman” and not “invoking any expertise.”
In other words, he has no real evidence to professionally support his rhetoric, but he wants people to know he has a background in psychology, so you should probably listen to him. Like I said, easily one of the most partisan figures in the conservative media.
Well, Stephen Colbert had quite the response for Krauthammer.
“For the record, I have forsworn my psychiatric authority because I never had any,” Colbert said, mocking Krauthammer. “And to be clear, I am not claiming any insight or any training or any interest in human behavior. But in my layman’s opinion, as if I were raised by wolves, I just want to say that a former psychiatrist willing to give an on-air diagnosis of a stranger while at the same time claiming he isn’t doing that is not a narcissist. He’s just kind of a di*k.”
Absolutely brilliant and spot-on. Colbert hit on exactly what I thought when I heard the comments. Krauthammer went out of his way to let people know he had a background in psychiatry, while trying to simultaneously claim that he’s not trying to diagnose someone on something about which he knows nothing. Because, you know, that would be pretty stupid to do… professionally speaking.
Though no matter what disclaimer Krauthammer wants to try to use, that’s exactly what he tried to do.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:
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