Stephen Colbert and his "Colbert Report" show/persona are a perfect blend of old and new media content, making it a major media trend to watch unfold in the near future, even if much of mainstream media missed the point of his skit.
It really was a bravura performance of truthiness.
The term "Stephen Colbert" and his brand of truthiness continues to tear up the search engines, earning among the top 3 search terms on both Technorati and Yahoo Buzz Index for the past 10 days since the White House Correspondent's Dinner comedy spoof on George W. Bush and his administration.
On the Technorati blog, they report:
"Stephen Colbert" and "Colbert" have been the top Technorati searches all week, which is a nice real-life example of how mainstream media and the blogosphere are so different...While the mainstream media properties were pointedly silent about the speech, bloggers were busy commenting about the speech, uploading video clips of the speech, and transcribing it word for word.As of this posting, there are more than 55,000 thank yous since his April 29th performance at thankyoustephencolbert.org.
If you looked at the New York Times or the Washington Post Monday morning, you would have no idea that anything out of the ordinary had happened at that dinner. But if you went to Technorati on Monday morning, you'd see Stephen Colbert everywhere--top searches, top tags, and in Explore: politics. Finally, on Tuesday or Wednesday, the rest of the media started covering the buzz around the speech, after those in the know--the Technorati--had been talking about it for days.
Salon.com says The Truthiness Hurts:
Stephen Colbert's brilliant performance unplugged the Bush myth machine -- and left the clueless D.C. press corps gaping...It's a wonder the secret service let him so close to the President of the United States.The Yahoo Buzz Index asks: Was Colbert Mocking the Man?
CrooksandLiars.com asks Was Colbert snubbed? The Washington Post' Richard Cohen commented on the digital lynch mob that has formed since the speech....which brought on the wrath of the political blog Daily Kos.
If anyone is wondering why President Bush's approval ratings are down to 31% and falling, the blogs explain it all in pure truthiness...you know, good old facty facts. As Joan Walsh of Salon.com says"...the mighty Colbert or the clueless, self-important media elite he was satirizing. For those who think the media shamed itself by rolling over for this administration, especially in the run-up to the Iraq war, Colbert's skit is the gift that keeps on giving. Thank you, Stephen Colbert!"
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Wednesday, May 10, 2006,