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So this is why Katie bailed

Jon Stewart is still my favorite, but after this Stephen Colbert piece, I think I'm going to have to start watching his show more.

The sad thing: Even though The Colbert Report and The Daily Show are comedy programs, created to entertain more than inform, they frequently point out legitimate news items that deserve coverage and comment, but get only marginal attention on the network or cable news broadcasts.

The sadder thing: Some journalists, print but especially broadcast, apparently are so jealous of the attention, both from viewers that count in the ratings as well as other media coverage, that these guys get, they take the programs way too seriously. Exhibit A, the above video. It's late night TV. On Comedy Central. C-O-M-E-D-Y. Get a clue! And a sense of humor!

The saddest thing: The morning programs on ABC, CBS and NBC are part of their network's news divisions. I know it's simply a budgetary maneuver, but c'mon guys, get real. Be honest in your accounting and pay for these unintentionally funny a.m. shows, which all too often are extended promos for the network's prime time programming, from the entertainment side of the ledger.

As not seen on CBS: Apparently no one at The Early Show watches Colbert, since no CBS clips of Rep. Wexler's appearance show up on the rebuttal video. Or maybe they do watch and got the joke. Which might be why Ms. Couric is moving over there, where she can laugh and laugh all the way to the bank.


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