The State of the Media

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As usual, Stephen Colbert manages to encapsulate the problem with American media in a rant delivered to/in support of Mika Brzezinski on his show from the 18th (transcript below).

Mika Brzezinski Experiences Palin Fatigue by Stephen Colbert (Colbert Nation)

“Mika, you need to buck up. I know you think this story has no purpose other than to keep Sarah Palin’s name in the headlines for another news cycle. I know you think she has nothing to offer the national dialogue and that her speeches are just coded talking points mixed in with words picked at random from a thesaurus.

“I know you think Sarah Palin is, at best, a self-promoting ignoramus and, at worst, a shameless media troll who’ll abuse any platform to deliver dog-whistle encouragement to a far-right base that may include possible insurrectionists. I know you think her reality show is pathetically unstatesmanlike and at the same time, I know you believe that it also represents the pinnacle of her potential.

“And, that her transparent desperation to be a celebrity so completely eclipsed her interest in public service so long ago that there would be more journalistic integrity in reporting on one of the lesser Kardashians’ ass-implants. Now I know—I know—that when you arrive at the office each day, you say a silent prayer that maybe, just maybe, Sarah Palin will, at long last, have shut up for ten f&%king minutes.

“I know, ‘cause I can see it in your eyes. Well, guess what, Mika? That’s the gig. It’s only January of 2011, kiddo. You have a minimum of two more years of this ahead of you. You want to stay in this game? You dig deep. You find another gear. You show up to work every day, get your hair and makeup done, slap on a smile and repeat what Sarah Palin said on Hannity last night into the lens. You know … News.”

Colbert’s delivery combined with his writers is a powerful combination.