Stop Drinking Poison Stephen Colbert

May 5, 2017

"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert admitted that Monday’s now-infamous, foul-mouthed anti-Trump rant that passed for a monologue was cruder than it should have been, in terms of language, but said he has no regrets and refused to apologize. That did nothing to cool the rising calls for his firing from both Trump supporters and those who think his filthy sexual comment involving Trump and Vladimir Putin was homophobic (it’s interesting how many people are outraged that he might have shown disrespect for a gay sex act but don’t care at all that he spent 10 minutes of CBS network air time spewing blatant disrespect at the President of the United States).

Like Sean Hannity, I’m not calling for Colbert to be fired. I think there’s too much capitulation to easily-offended mobs over saying the wrong thing as it is. That’s not to say I excuse what Colbert did, which was ugly, inappropriate and unfunny. I just look at him more with sorrow and pity than anger. Stephen Colbert is a talented man who seems to have lowered himself to the gutter for ratings. Many people questioned CBS handing over a mainstream network franchise to a polarizing political satirist. His sliding ratings bore out those concerns, and there were rumors that CBS regretted not giving the show to the popular and apolitical James Corden.


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But then came Hillary’s surprise loss. Liberals, furious at being turned out of power and with few places left to massage their bruised egos other than late night TV shows, flocked to Colbert. The late night audience having diminished greatly since Carson’s heyday, that was enough to boost him to #1, and he seemed so grateful for the lifeline that he started giving angry left viewers just what they craved: nightly anti-Trump assaults. It worked for a while (even the affable Jimmy Fallon was under pressure to attack Trump more to compete). But I predicted that it wouldn’t last. You can only swallow so much arsenic every night, even in tiny doses, before it eventually poisons your system.

As Colbert kept feeding the hate-filled crowd, they demanded more blood every night, until he inevitably crossed the line with that ugly, offensive rant. This was the same man who was on live TV on election night, and although shocked that Trump won, said this:

“So how did our politics get so poisonous? I think it’s because we overdosed, especially this year. We drank too much of the poison. You take a little bit of it, so you can hate the other side. And it tastes kind of good. And you like how it feels. And there is a gentle high to the condemnation, right? And you know you’re right, right? You know you’re right…Politics used to be something we thought about every four years, maybe two years if you didn’t have a lot of social life. And that’s good that we didn’t think about it that much, because it left room in our lives for other things, and for other people. Now politics is everywhere. And that takes up precious brain space that we could be using to remember all the things we actually have in common.”

It’s hard to believe that’s the same man who gave Monday’s vicious, obscene rant on national TV, sending his viewers off to bed with their brains filled with hatred for their own President, then claimed to have no regrets. I sincerely hope he will pull back from the abyss and remember that some things are more important than ratings, reflect on his own words, and stop drinking the poison.

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Comments 1-5 of 19

  • Matthew Boyden

    05/14/2017 05:23 AM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,

    Might I know whether your wife ever took your penis in her mouth as an act of love?

    I am English, which means nothing save that I am educated and inclined to question what is said and done by those in power, and influence.

    The means you, as well as Mr. Colbert.

    Your comments have clearly struck a chord with your readers, including the aptly named Mde Vial, and I asked you he question I did because you appear to think there is something wrong with felatio. I cannot agree.

    And I don't think you do - not if you are honest, as you claim to be.

    So why is a reference to felatio a negative if, and only if, it is between men unless those who find it so are themselves homophobic?

    Colbert accused Mr. Trump of engaging in a sexual act as a metaphor. What's wrong with that? Would you have objected to the same had the other party - the 'holster', if you were - had been Angela Merkel? Or Hilary Clinton?

    The issue is simpler than you imply.

    The hatred of Mr. Trump is a concern only if it is not articulated. The mistake America made was to disallow, or repress, the loathing of Mr. Obama for 8 years. Your media is not fake; it is imbalanced and subject to horrible bias. I propose you address this disparity, while considering also the extent to which you, as a man with a reputation to protect, should consider distancing yourself from a man devoid of virtue.

    The office of the Presidency is greater than its occupant, but it's not a ticket to legitimise anything that person says and does.

    We need Colbert to get angry. We need you to do the same.

    I urge you to consider what that means for us now, and for those we leave behind.

    V best


    Matthew Boyden

  • Betty Barton

    05/06/2017 07:19 PM

    Great commentary, Mike. Although I agree with you about free speech, I do not think it is ever appropriate to allow anyone on national television to use the vile, filthy language that Colbert used in his rant. That is why I believe he should be disciplined. I'm sure you remember Don Imus and his remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team - calling them nappy-headed hoes. CBS fired him. Colbert's rant wasn't against a basketball team, but in my opinion, trashing our president is much worse. He has been blasting our president for months, long before Trump won the election, and it is sickening. It isn't the same comedic roasting that we regularly heard on Jay Leno, and Jay never used the filth that we heard coming out of Colbert's mouth. Again, I'm all for free speech, but not when it's laced with words I never use, and are offensive to most of his listening audience.

  • kathleen butler

    05/06/2017 04:14 PM

    I try not to waste time on liberal, secular celebrities, because I know what they are about, and they have nothing I am interested in. Any time a Christian views or hears evil material-it is in their mind and heart forever...you cannot delete it. Vileness makes one weary in body and soul. 2 Corinthians 4:1-16 is an excellent chapter for those who are exhausted from the daily doses of wickedness that eat away at our spiritual sensibilities.

  • Patti Vial

    05/06/2017 08:04 AM

    Remember what happened to Billy Bush! NBC fired him for laughing at Trumps off color joke that happened 11 years ago!

  • Jeff tanenbaum

    05/05/2017 07:09 PM

    Brilliant narrative but I must respectfully disagree: I want Colbert fired. I am sick of the leftist rants , spewing hatred verbally in writings and on the air toward our President .Indecency, disrespect, dishonesty can no longer be tolerated . The President works his butt off and all we hear and see is hatefilked rhetoric . I say enough already . They need to be a taught a hard lesson and a firing is the right thing to do.

Stop Drinking Poison Stephen Colbert

May 5, 2017

"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert admitted that Monday’s now-infamous, foul-mouthed anti-Trump rant that passed for a monologue was cruder than it should have been, in terms of language, but said he has no regrets and refused to apologize. That did nothing to cool the rising calls for his firing from both Trump supporters and those who think his filthy sexual comment involving Trump and Vladimir Putin was homophobic (it’s interesting how many people are outraged that he might have shown disrespect for a gay sex act but don’t care at all that he spent 10 minutes of CBS network air time spewing blatant disrespect at the President of the United States).

Like Sean Hannity, I’m not calling for Colbert to be fired. I think there’s too much capitulation to easily-offended mobs over saying the wrong thing as it is. That’s not to say I excuse what Colbert did, which was ugly, inappropriate and unfunny. I just look at him more with sorrow and pity than anger. Stephen Colbert is a talented man who seems to have lowered himself to the gutter for ratings. Many people questioned CBS handing over a mainstream network franchise to a polarizing political satirist. His sliding ratings bore out those concerns, and there were rumors that CBS regretted not giving the show to the popular and apolitical James Corden.


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But then came Hillary’s surprise loss. Liberals, furious at being turned out of power and with few places left to massage their bruised egos other than late night TV shows, flocked to Colbert. The late night audience having diminished greatly since Carson’s heyday, that was enough to boost him to #1, and he seemed so grateful for the lifeline that he started giving angry left viewers just what they craved: nightly anti-Trump assaults. It worked for a while (even the affable Jimmy Fallon was under pressure to attack Trump more to compete). But I predicted that it wouldn’t last. You can only swallow so much arsenic every night, even in tiny doses, before it eventually poisons your system.

As Colbert kept feeding the hate-filled crowd, they demanded more blood every night, until he inevitably crossed the line with that ugly, offensive rant. This was the same man who was on live TV on election night, and although shocked that Trump won, said this:

“So how did our politics get so poisonous? I think it’s because we overdosed, especially this year. We drank too much of the poison. You take a little bit of it, so you can hate the other side. And it tastes kind of good. And you like how it feels. And there is a gentle high to the condemnation, right? And you know you’re right, right? You know you’re right…Politics used to be something we thought about every four years, maybe two years if you didn’t have a lot of social life. And that’s good that we didn’t think about it that much, because it left room in our lives for other things, and for other people. Now politics is everywhere. And that takes up precious brain space that we could be using to remember all the things we actually have in common.”

It’s hard to believe that’s the same man who gave Monday’s vicious, obscene rant on national TV, sending his viewers off to bed with their brains filled with hatred for their own President, then claimed to have no regrets. I sincerely hope he will pull back from the abyss and remember that some things are more important than ratings, reflect on his own words, and stop drinking the poison.

PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW.  I READ THEM!

Comments 1-5 of 19

  • Matthew Boyden

    05/14/2017 05:23 AM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,

    Might I know whether your wife ever took your penis in her mouth as an act of love?

    I am English, which means nothing save that I am educated and inclined to question what is said and done by those in power, and influence.

    The means you, as well as Mr. Colbert.

    Your comments have clearly struck a chord with your readers, including the aptly named Mde Vial, and I asked you he question I did because you appear to think there is something wrong with felatio. I cannot agree.

    And I don't think you do - not if you are honest, as you claim to be.

    So why is a reference to felatio a negative if, and only if, it is between men unless those who find it so are themselves homophobic?

    Colbert accused Mr. Trump of engaging in a sexual act as a metaphor. What's wrong with that? Would you have objected to the same had the other party - the 'holster', if you were - had been Angela Merkel? Or Hilary Clinton?

    The issue is simpler than you imply.

    The hatred of Mr. Trump is a concern only if it is not articulated. The mistake America made was to disallow, or repress, the loathing of Mr. Obama for 8 years. Your media is not fake; it is imbalanced and subject to horrible bias. I propose you address this disparity, while considering also the extent to which you, as a man with a reputation to protect, should consider distancing yourself from a man devoid of virtue.

    The office of the Presidency is greater than its occupant, but it's not a ticket to legitimise anything that person says and does.

    We need Colbert to get angry. We need you to do the same.

    I urge you to consider what that means for us now, and for those we leave behind.

    V best


    Matthew Boyden

  • Betty Barton

    05/06/2017 07:19 PM

    Great commentary, Mike. Although I agree with you about free speech, I do not think it is ever appropriate to allow anyone on national television to use the vile, filthy language that Colbert used in his rant. That is why I believe he should be disciplined. I'm sure you remember Don Imus and his remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team - calling them nappy-headed hoes. CBS fired him. Colbert's rant wasn't against a basketball team, but in my opinion, trashing our president is much worse. He has been blasting our president for months, long before Trump won the election, and it is sickening. It isn't the same comedic roasting that we regularly heard on Jay Leno, and Jay never used the filth that we heard coming out of Colbert's mouth. Again, I'm all for free speech, but not when it's laced with words I never use, and are offensive to most of his listening audience.

  • kathleen butler

    05/06/2017 04:14 PM

    I try not to waste time on liberal, secular celebrities, because I know what they are about, and they have nothing I am interested in. Any time a Christian views or hears evil material-it is in their mind and heart forever...you cannot delete it. Vileness makes one weary in body and soul. 2 Corinthians 4:1-16 is an excellent chapter for those who are exhausted from the daily doses of wickedness that eat away at our spiritual sensibilities.

  • Patti Vial

    05/06/2017 08:04 AM

    Remember what happened to Billy Bush! NBC fired him for laughing at Trumps off color joke that happened 11 years ago!

  • Jeff tanenbaum

    05/05/2017 07:09 PM

    Brilliant narrative but I must respectfully disagree: I want Colbert fired. I am sick of the leftist rants , spewing hatred verbally in writings and on the air toward our President .Indecency, disrespect, dishonesty can no longer be tolerated . The President works his butt off and all we hear and see is hatefilked rhetoric . I say enough already . They need to be a taught a hard lesson and a firing is the right thing to do.

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