I’ve been paying attention to the Republican primaries and I have a concern that, for me, trumps politics. I’m worried that I’m losing my grip on reality. The man pictured below is responsible.
Stephen Colbert, along with Jon Stewart, are the brilliant stars at Comedy Central, a wildly popular TV Network. Comedy Central prides itself on being the world leader in “Fake News,” and they’re so successful at what they do that a ridiculously high percentage of young people get their news exclusively from these two guys.
So when Colbert decided to aim his pointy finger at the Super PACs that are destroying our democracy, with the approval of our Supreme Court, I watched attentively. Colbert cleverly attacked Super PACs by pretending to embrace them. He created one, turned it over to Jon Stewart and dove into the race for the nomination to become the Republican candidate for President of the United States of South Carolina.
Colbert is so smart that his antics have landed him on the evening news every day for a week. So here’s the basis for my confusion: If a comedian, a fake politician on a channel that labels itself the world’s largest distributor of fake news, makes real news that is included on evening broadcasts of CNN, ABC and CBS, then how can it be fake? Aren’t these other newscasts supposed to be the real ones? Isn’t this to news what money-laundering is to crime? Doesn’t this process render Colbert a legitimate news-maker rather than a mere comedian?
Isn’t there an inherent probability that many of Colbert’s viewers won’t understand his tongue and cheek comedy and take him for real? How is someone with a brainpan as shallow as mine suppose to know the difference?