L’Affaire Colbert

posted at 11:11 am on May 5, 2006 by Bryan

The Colbert cover-up:
Intentional blackout!
MSM plot! Kossacks revolt!
Shocked silent!
60 Minutes
Colbert bombs
Times * Trib * USAT *SFChron
WaPo: 1,2, 3,4,5

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ecamorg on May 5, 2006 at 11:18 AM

WOW. Michelle you clean up real nice. Great vent as always.

Wade on May 5, 2006 at 11:25 AM

HYSTERICAL!! Who wrote this script?! Love it… and I love Michelle’s inflection and expressions!!

Leiren on May 5, 2006 at 11:34 AM

FANTASTIC Vent! I saw the Colbert bit. It was plain ol’ insult, and the assembled crowd knew it. Whenever CSPAN put up shots of crowd reaction, you could plainly see the utter “ha ha” boredom with the schtick (the one exception I can think of was – no surprise – Joe Wilson). I know the rabid left wing loved it and wanted more, but I ended up feeling sorry for Colbert.

whatnext on May 5, 2006 at 11:36 AM

Oh, one more thing. You’re right, Michelle. The Colbert act is probably the most publicized non-publicized event of all time.

whatnext on May 5, 2006 at 11:38 AM

To the left, if it isn’t total saturation it is a blackout. That’s why they hate Fox News so much for not falling in line.

tommuck on May 5, 2006 at 11:40 AM

Another great Vent, Michelle. It cracks me up to see the barking moonbats go crazy over every silly thing like the “Colbert Coverup”.

Thanks again.

JP_Smith on May 5, 2006 at 11:41 AM


You and your great staff once again has provided us with another great vent. No tin hats allowed is right, Michelle!


Just wondering…..

The False Dervish on May 5, 2006 at 11:42 AM

OK, to summarize:

Stephen Colbert: A wiener.
The “coverup” story: Yet another liberal fever dream.
Michelle’s wardrobe: Yum!
Tinfoil hats: Verboten.
Hot Air: The real “truthiness.” Bank on it.

Two weeks in, and you guys are on a roll!

Erbo on May 5, 2006 at 11:53 AM

But, but but I have such a NICE tinfoil hat, and I wear the shinny side out. . .

I had the misfortune (stuck in a car, waiting for an assignment) to have to listen to Al Franken tell his listener, (not a typo) that it was funny. “It really was funny.” “Yes, it was funny.”

The unfunny telling me that the unfunny was funny. Now that’s funny!

(I’ve had to work with Franken twice – I do have a few good things to say about him, but not about his humor.)

Wander on May 5, 2006 at 12:04 PM

“Michelle’s wardrobe”

Watch out guys, the lady’ married.

Wander on May 5, 2006 at 12:06 PM

make that “lady’s married.”

Not the first time I’ve lost my “S”

Wander on May 5, 2006 at 12:07 PM

I do have a question or two. Please pardon my ignorance, but what is up with the tin foil hat? What does it signify? Also, where did you guys come up with the term “moonbat”? I feel like a dummy! I confess that I started watching MM for her looks and forthrightness, same as Coulter, but I’m a bit fuzzy on the details. Appreciate it.

ecamorg on May 5, 2006 at 12:12 PM


According to Wikipedia, “Moonbat is a political epithet coined in 2002 by Perry de Havilland of Samizdata, a libertarian weblog.”

The tin foil hats? They keep the NSA from penetrating your brain with mysterious thought waves, from what I understand.

kmcguire on May 5, 2006 at 12:30 PM

Me too. I’m trying to catch up. Isn’t Colbert “Mr. Goodwrench”?

Crude One on May 5, 2006 at 12:31 PM


ecamorg on May 5, 2006 at 12:32 PM

Priceless! This one is in my list when we get to vote for the best of the year.

Ropera on May 5, 2006 at 12:50 PM

Coverup? All I heard the day after the event was “Colbert.”

Travis on May 5, 2006 at 12:55 PM

Lebanon has their babes… we have ours…

DANEgerus on May 5, 2006 at 12:55 PM

Good Vent! The thing is, the coverage is funnier than the actual perfomance.

Colbert: bland like a pint of “Yogair”.

Keep venting.

Joe on May 5, 2006 at 12:59 PM

For the latest in Moonbattery click on http://www.moonbattery.com/

You’ll get the picture real fast!!!!!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 5, 2006 at 1:04 PM

Yes, as I’ve attested at my place, I only watch this for the content.

vanderleun on May 5, 2006 at 1:04 PM

Wonderful vent as always. It amazes me how all these libs get on TV for these bios and say “I don’t let my kids see what I do on TV…” the other end of the statement should be “so they don’t see how nuts I really am.” They accuse conservatives of trying to indoctrinate everyone. They’re just as guilty.

This just shows how misguided they all are to get bent out of shape because some dude they like isn’t shown on TV as much as they think he should be.

Jezla on May 5, 2006 at 1:18 PM

Wow! Michelle! You is da BOMB! That is so funny and you are as cute as can be in that dress…and the hat…the tinfoil hat! LUV VENT! :)

foreign_devil on May 5, 2006 at 1:40 PM

Hotair was funnier than Colbert’s attempts at humor these days. I do not think a comedian can be both funny and politicized at the same time. Just look at Margaret Cho or John Stewart…

GenFX on May 5, 2006 at 1:44 PM

Great vent michelle. Your shoestring budget content can show a thing or two to the mainstream big media how content trumps productin. And loved the tinfoil, that was hilarious. Keep up the good work.

chow on May 5, 2006 at 1:52 PM

Contrary to the original intent, the tinfoil hat is worn as an antenna to receive the intergalactic messages of conspiracy. Judging from the reaction to this non-event by the wacko-left conspiracy theorists, they work rather well.

csjd on May 5, 2006 at 1:54 PM


See the above for the modification

Wander on May 5, 2006 at 2:05 PM

I used to really like John Stewart. Thought he was probably one of the best talk show hosts of all time. But the further we got from 9/11 the more the show’s writing veered to the left, and at some point it just wasn’t funny anymore.

I still want to see Dennis Miller ranting uncensored someplace. He needs his own site like HotAir. I’d be more than willing to pay to see something like that. How ’bout you?

techno_barbarian on May 5, 2006 at 3:11 PM

I have already watched today’s Vent three or four time and haven’t even turned the sound on yet. MM is a total 10!! I’ll watch it again tonight when I get home form work, with the sound, so I can see what the rest of you are talking about.

JD on May 5, 2006 at 3:12 PM

This is the best one you’ve done in my opinion.

Darrin on May 5, 2006 at 3:22 PM

Wonderful! The hat makes it even funnier.

MCPO Airdale on May 5, 2006 at 3:47 PM

Agreed, techno B. I loved watching Dennis Miller on HBO. That guy is a scream! I watched his other show on… well, I don’t remember which network, but it wasn’t the same. Liked him on MNF too, but he was a little too much, IMHO, for the beer and pork rind audience. Too bad. Very sharp and funny guy. BTW, M did look fantastic on this latest Vent. Nothing fries a Dim’s egg harder than the women on our side. Consider the hags on the left. Yuck

ecamorg on May 5, 2006 at 3:52 PM

It reminds me of the time Tim Robbins claimed there was a chill in the air of him and wifey Susan being censored while everyone in the MSM gave him their strict attention.

I think that the left is so used to the MSM being all about them that they’ve become like spoiled brats.

RepJ on May 5, 2006 at 4:09 PM


Yep. I think Dennis was on CNBC at one time, but they had him doing stupid demeaning commercials and I felt so bad for him, I just couldn’t watch. It was very much beneath him. Plus, it always felt like he was muzzled. I like him best when he just comes out and says what’s on his mind. We could sure use another strong voice right now.

Oh yeah! If you haven’t seen the latest Carlos Mencia show on Dhimmidy Central, you really need to. It’s excellent. I wondered how Mencia would come out on the illegal immigrant protests, but… well just watch the show. I was cheering and clapping in front of the TV at points. Mencia is currently my favorite comedian. He takes free speech very seriously and I respect that.

And this from a white guy here in the deep south. (cue banjos… fade to black)

techno_barbarian on May 5, 2006 at 4:29 PM

My favorate Vent! That was awsome! The tinfoil hat thing was the best, haha, good thing I had no liquid in my mouth at the time! Wander gave the link to http://zapatopi.net/afdb/ so I will add this link also, so you can REALLY get a feel for those waves…. http://people.csail.mit.edu/rahimi/helmet/

I watched the whole video of that Whitehouse Correspondents diner, and it is easy to tell why the MSM blacked it out….Colbert totally BOMBED! It was embarrassing! I laughed only at how bad he was! Haha!

And Helen Thomas on the carpet…..Uuuuggggg! I never want to see THAT image again….will give me nightmares…

You looked great Michelle. I wondered at first how long you would be able to have great topics, but you are proveing that not only can you have great topics, but you can make it so much fun to watch you everyday!

MalkinFan on May 5, 2006 at 6:48 PM

“You looked great Michelle.”

Michelle ALWAYS looks great! :-)

The False Dervish on May 5, 2006 at 7:21 PM

1. Jeez, Michelle, why must you taunt and tease us with your beauty?!? You were hot in Care Bear slippers, but this is just cruel!!!

B. Remember when “stalking” just meant having a crush on someone?

3. The moonbats won’t listen to any critism from conservatives about Colbert – they’ll just say that we’re upset that we had truthiness spoken to us – but how can they ignore Richard Cohen’s smackdown of this rude and inappropriate incident? (http://tinyurl.com/hvztb) A snip:
“Why are you wasting my time with Colbert, I hear you ask. Because he is representative of what too often passes for political courage, not to mention wit, in this country. His defenders — and they are all over the blogosphere — will tell you he spoke truth to power. This is a tired phrase, as we all know, but when it was fresh and meaningful it suggested repercussions, consequences — maybe even death in some countries. When you spoke truth to power you took the distinct chance that power would smite you, toss you into a dungeon or — if you’re at work — take away your office.

But in this country, anyone can insult the president of the United States. Colbert just did it, and he will not suffer any consequence at all. He knew that going in. He also knew that Bush would have to sit there and pretend to laugh at Colbert’s lame and insulting jokes. Bush himself plays off his reputation as a dunce and his penchant for mangling English. Self-mockery can be funny. Mockery that is insulting is not. The sort of stuff that would get you punched in a bar can be said on a dais with impunity. This is why Colbert was more than rude. He was a bully.”
When an ultra-liberal is scolding the moonbats, it shows just how far out they’ve gotten.

DirkBelig on May 5, 2006 at 7:29 PM

I thought Colbert gave a wonderful performance for someone of limited ability and intelligence. However, if he has an IQ above 85, then it was rather sad.

Highplains on May 5, 2006 at 9:23 PM

OK, Dennis Miller is great and we should see more of him.

Enough drooling over Michelle’s looks! Her cerebral lobes are her best feature.

Just my humble opinion.

mikeyboss on May 5, 2006 at 9:48 PM

Yeah – Michelle- I think you need to post a picture of MR. MICHELLE!

Wander on May 5, 2006 at 11:22 PM

Truth to power?

Where was this bravery when it came time to publish/broadcast the Danish cartoons?

Oh I forgot, it’s far braver to ridicule the president to his face knowing that there won’t be any consequences, rather than insult the “religion of peace” and perhaps meet a jihadist who might take issue with you.

Considering the moonbat’s craven dhimmi submission to islamic self-censorship, for them to boast about this lackwit’s “bravery” is pure unadulterated hypocrisy.

Rebar on May 5, 2006 at 11:46 PM

Hubba! Hubba!

Lawrence on May 6, 2006 at 12:15 AM

Oh Michelle,

Great Vent. I try to catch it everyday. Your online video is top notch. Almost takes no time to load. Also, your Hot
Air site is a welcome addition to the blogosphere. Thank you for starting it.

Colbert wasn’t his funniest last Saturday, but he has made me laugh at loud at least once or twice with some his work on the Daily Show.

Keep up the work. Look forward to seeing your Vent tomorrow.

Aitch on May 6, 2006 at 1:18 AM

Michelle, can you publish at least your viewership growth rate stats? They must be fabulous. I have caught every vent since you started. Great site. The best in fact. But it could get larger audiences by multiplying the atraction factor. What about some other video blogs daily, like getting Ann Coulter to do a video blog on hotair daily too. Pretty soon, you’d have the audience of Fox news. What about some other video blogs, say by Walter Williams, Dennis Prager, Michael Savage, Michael Reagan, Ken Hamblin (“The Black Avenger”), David Horowitz. At that point, hotair.com would surpass Drudge.

marti124 on May 6, 2006 at 2:08 AM

Speaking of hats, Michelle, I just got my Hot Air baseball hat from Cafe Press and gotta tell the quality of your merchandise doesn’t match that of your site. Time to find a new vendor.

BrunoMitchell on May 6, 2006 at 7:35 AM

Seeing you in that dress made me pull an eyeball muscle…


Richard Davis on May 6, 2006 at 8:15 AM

Forgot to mention;

I disagree with BrunoMitchell, I received my “HOT AIR” BALLCAP this week and it arrived in great shape and the quality’s fine.

The price is VERY reasonable for such a nice cap. I have a large collection of hats and can spot a cheap one from a good one.

I consider it money well spent (to support you) and love to wear mine.

Richard Davis on May 6, 2006 at 8:33 AM

Great vent, as usual. I have to point out to Wade and others that the idea that you “clean up real nice” is just not good enough. It is a matter of class. No need to clean up at all. In a sweat shirt & Chucks you would still look better than, and outclass anyone the liberals can put up. There isn’t even a reasonable comparison to make. Too smart, too good looking. We win.

wcarr on May 6, 2006 at 2:28 PM

So, now, let’s see: cinco-de-mayo is a national celebration for winning a battle against the FRENCH?

Did they really WIN it? Or did the french just not show-up one day?

Does mexico ALSO have national celebrations for not-rolling-out-of-bed? Or not-tripping-over-the-curb?

solitas on May 6, 2006 at 5:31 PM

As most of us probably are in here, I am a conservative. That having been said, I enjoy watching Colbert on TV, which is probably why I was disturbed with my own reaction to his White House Correspondant’s Dinner schlock.

I think Colbert’s absence-of-mention in a few big MSM outlets can be traced to a single simple fact(let’s not forget Occam’s [SP?] razor here, folks): It wasn’t his best material.

If Colbert is constantly saying stuff he doesn’t believe in, that’s fine. He’s a satirist, for Pete’s sake, and more than a blush better at satire than Al Franken is, in my opinion. But you go with what works, right? And I think Colbert made the horrible miscalculation of showing his true colors, that’s all.

gryphon202 on May 6, 2006 at 7:16 PM

A little part of me feels all my postings on the United 93 forums attacking the tin foil hat conspiracists and moonbats gave Michelle the idea of wearing the alien-thwarting crown in this episode!

It’s kind of boring without the U93 forums any more.

Vincenzo on May 7, 2006 at 1:40 AM

I must say, Michelle you look just stunningly beautiful…:)

As for Colbert…..the man just was not funny and messed up.

And to boot was saved by a gracious GW Bush.

dec5 on May 7, 2006 at 2:35 PM

I think Colbert might be getting less press from the MSM because he mocked them as heavily as he mocked President Bush. They love a good joke when it’s the President or Republican party that is the subject, but when they are the butt of the joke, they get a little thin skinned.

TinFoilChapeau on May 7, 2006 at 7:44 PM

Absolutely great Michelle – very funny.

It’s apparent that the Libs have found another right in the Constitution that nobody knew was there for 200 years – the right to be thought of as funny (even if you’re not).

greenpiece on May 8, 2006 at 11:10 PM