This episode of the Colbert Report is actually the comedy version of last week at LGF — Stephen Colbert covers several of the stories that appeared here, including Jim Hoft’s evil, destructive lies about a $50 million resort hotel for immigrant children.
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Stephen Colbert actually asks a couple of tough questions of the Mighty Greenwald — specifically about the fact that many of the NSA documents revealed by Greenwald and pals have nothing to do with surveillance on US citizens, but are simply exposing legitimate espionage programs.
It’s framed ironically, of course, and there’s no real follow-up when Greenwald inevitably dodges out of answering it (he blames it on the New York Times), but this is probably the roughest grilling he’ll face all week on his book promo tour.
Bob Cesca discovered that Greenwald’s latest article for the Guardian, which alleges that the NSA is intercepting and installing beacon devices in servers and routers being shipped overseas, is just more of the same misleading hyperbole; again Greenwald has omitted mentioning that this only applies to certain “hard targets,” not to the general public: Greenwald Misleads Again, This Time It’s About NSA and Internet Routers.
In this case Greenwald’s article uses the term “international customers” to describe which devices are intercepted, even though the actual NSA document uses the word “targets” several times. Seems clear that Greenwald omitted this important distinction deliberately to give the impression that everyone’s servers and routers are being tampered with, since his article quotes directly from that part of the NSA document but never mentions “targets.”
Stealthy Techniques Can Crack Some of SIGINT’s Hardest Targets
Here’s how it works: shipments of computer network devices (servers, routers, etc.) being delivered to our targets throughout the world are intercepted. Next, they are redirected to a secret location where Tailored Access Operations/Access Operations (AO-S326) employees, with the support of the Remote Operations Center (S321), enable the installation of beacon implants directly into our targets’ electronic devices.
CBS head Les Moonves made the mistake of responding to Rush Limbaugh’s strange whining about Stephen Colbert taking over from David Letterman, and now Limbaugh thinks he has CBS on the run. Today he uncorked a bizarre rant about the nature of reality that makes me wonder if he’s back on the oxycodone.
“So now CBS has hired a guy that the question is, ‘Who is he?’ It still doesn’t matter ‘cause Les got his bragging rights,” he said. “Because we’re straying further and further from reality, and we’re being consumed by what isn’t real. We’re being consumed by what we’re told is important, what we’re told is real and substance. Reality is falling by the wayside each and every day.”
The conservative pundit then suggests that media in the U.S. is controlled by the government.
“Be it news media, be it entertainment media, be it pop culture media, it isn’t what you think,” he said. “In fact, it’s not even close anymore. And more and more of media is becoming state-controlled. Or at least more and more media is aligning itself with the state, with the government.”
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Rush Limbaugh reacts to the announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman with the usual dire predictions of the end of American “traditional values,” the same old snake oil Limbaugh’s been tirelessly selling the right wing base for 25 years now.
I’ll give you the short version: CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America. There is a… no longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatism. Now it’s just wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny and a redefinition of what is comedy. And it’s, it’s a, they’re blowing up the 11:30 format under the guise that the world’s changing, and uh, people don’t want the kind of comedy that Carson gave us or even Letterman, ehh, they don’t want that any more.
It’s uh, it’s, it’s media plantin’ a flag here. It’s an, I think, maybe even media’s last stand, but it’s, it’s a declaration.
So Rush is nostalgic for David Letterman now, eh? Ah yes, those golden moments of traditional 11:30 comedy, lost in the mists of yesteryear:
There’s some traditional American comedy values for ya, Rush!
The replacement for David Letterman has been announced, and it’s a big blow to hashtag activists all over the Internets: Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on “Late Show”.
CBS didn’t waste too much time finding a new host for the “Late Show.” Exactly a week after David Letterman announced his plans to retire, his successor has been named.
Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of “The Colbert Report,” will replace Letterman in 2015.
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves said in a statement Thursday. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”
The 49-year-old Colbert, who signed a five-year deal, said in a statement: “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead. I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”
Right wingers on Twitter are also experiencing paroxysms of rage, but then, that’s a pretty common thing.
Skit idea for the new Colbert Late Show: burn crosses in black people's yards - ironically! It's funny because Republicans, and stuff.
Suddenly, wingnuts all over America are concerned about racist humor. Strange, they never seemed to care before.
Ladies and gentlemen, the political genius of 23-year old Suey Park: #CancelColbert Activist Suey Park: “This Is Not Reform, This Is Revolution”.
What is the best way to work with white people, to get them on our side?
I don’t want them on our side.
You don’t want them on your side.
This is not reform, this is revolution.
So what do you want to see happen in your revolution?
I mean, it’s already happening I think. The revolution will not be an apocalypse, it’s gonna be a series of shifts in consciousness that result in actions that come about, and I think that like, at this point is really like, ride or die, in terms who’s in and who is out. I don’t play by appeasement politics, it is not about getting my oppressors to humanize me. And in that sense I reject the respectability politics, I reject being tone-policed, I think we need to do away with this idea that these structures are … that the prisons can undergo reform and somehow do less violence as a structure. But any example like that.
Wait, can you ask that question again, I got distracted real quick, there was a bird outside my window.
Before you haters start laughing, I’d just like to point out that Che Guevara was also easily distracted by cute birds.
OK, maybe not.