I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.Apropos I think in view of the approaching cult status of Stephen Colbert after his performance at the White House Corrspondents' dinner. Just look at how this conservative gasbag gets deflated in a whopping 340 comments on HuffPo of all places. Not the place to dog out a liberal hero. This guy, Nathan Gardels, tried and had the nerve to whine about it in his next post where he was lambasted in 261 comments. This blogger is the kind of snidely little prick whose face you want to rub in it. Who, as is pointed out in several comments, lists in his bio that he was a "Founding Member, Intellectuels du Monde." Please. That kind of pretention belongs in the MSM where they eat that crap up. At HuffPo it is begging to be made fun of like the nerd character in a locker room full of jocks in a teen flick.
Mr. Carlin knows a little bit about crossing the line. With classic routines from Seven Dirty Words to American Bullshit, he is the inspiraton of generations of comedians to follow. I don't know that he has ever, correct me if I'm wrong, been handed a golden opportunity to do so in the face of those he is lampooning. Within spitting distance, as Colbert was this weekend. I sure he would have done so just as fearlessly.
WaPo has this fair assessment of the MSM's initial response to Colbert, a virtual "blackout."And after being called on it by the blogosphere, their second attempt to devalue it, by saying, as Gardels did, that it was "not funny." Which, of course, is understandable. It's hard to appreciate humor that you are the butt of. Not humor like President Bush's milquetoast self-mockery. But parody that fully exposes the "man behind the curtain." Like the finally exposed Wizard of Oz, the MSM is telling us to pay no heed to him.