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Scoot: Criticism of Colbert replacing Letterman is ridiculous!

Stephen Colbert from “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central will replace David Letterman when Letterman retires next year! And not everyone is happy with CBS’ decision.
Ultra conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said, “CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America.” Limbaugh rambled on, “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. They’re blowing up the 11:30 pm format... they hired a partisan, so-called comedian, to run a comedy show.”
A few days ago, FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly said Colbert an “ideological fanatic” and a “deceiver” and he is leading the destruction of America!
Limbaugh and O’Reilly are among those who denounce Colbert replacing Letterman because Colbert’s show on Comedy Central often mocks the conservative right and Colbert is considered by many to be a liberal. The criticism from Limbaugh and O’Reilly is particularly ironic because both men have benefited from the freedom to express their right-wing political views. Limbaugh has admitted that his show is “entertainment!”
Late-night talk show hosts, like Letterman and Leno, have always been criticized for leaning “left” politically - so, if Colbert is liberal – what will change?
Rush Limbaugh’s condemnation of Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman is another example of Limbaugh reflecting the attitude of his audience and his illogical prediction that Colbert represents the redefinition of comedy and is an attack on the heartland of America is designed to create hysteria among his flock.  It is a ridiculous prediction, and yet that is exactly what his faithful followers believe and, therefore, what to hear from their leader.
Bill O’Reilly’s opinion that Stephen Colbert is leading the destruction of America is laughable and if he really believes that – he lacks any understanding of the real problems in America.
I often talk and write about “hysteria” in America and how many media personalities use the technique of instilling fear in people to promote the idea that they are the only ones who can be trusted to alert their audience when there are ideological threats to our country.  There should be more people in the media talking about the fear tactics used by the media to fed their audiences.
Both Limbaugh and O’Reilly’s inane condemnation of Stephen Colbert and their dire predictions about what this means to American society would be funny – if they didn’t represent America’s tendency to accept idiotic observations as credible.
Stephen Colbert was selected to replace David Letterman because he reflects a younger audience and CBS may have felt the need to skew toward a younger audience following NBC’s decision to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon - who has a younger appeal.
Stephen Colbert was not chosen to change America or to spread liberal views – he was chosen because he represents the views of the coveted audience that the network is hoping to attract.  And that’s exactly what Limbaugh and O’Reilly do – they represent the views of their audiences.
Stephen Colbert is funny and shame on any Americans who can’t laugh – even when the humor takes a shot at their own social and political ideology. Reaction to Colbert replacing Letterman and the fear that he’s too liberal and dangerous – further proves that too many Americans take everything too seriously. Take seriously real problems and real issues – not the political leanings of a late-night talk show host who are considered comedians.
The Baby Boomer Establishment is struggling with the reality that younger voters and viewers that support issues, like the legalization of marijuana, same-sex marriage and the right to choose are beginning to inspire changes in mass media. And the fear of losing the power to influence everything is leading to a sense of hysteria on the part of those who fear the opinions that differ from their opinions.
What is even more frightening than the ridiculous criticism and fear expressed by Limbaugh and O’Reilly is the reality that many Americans will buy into it and spread the fear.
Talk shows, entertainment and the media, in general – reflect the desired audience.
What scares the Limbaugh’s and the O’Reilly’s of America is the idea that Stephen Colbert’s comedy and ideology are becoming more mass appeal and more acceptable.  It is the audience that tells the media what it wants – not the other way around!

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04/10/2014 5:37PM
Scoot: Criticism of Colbert replacing Letterman is ridiculous!
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04/13/2014 7:54PM
Colbert should invite Limbaugh as a guest
He would absolutely destroy him. Limbaugh is a fat, slow idiot.
04/14/2014 7:21PM
All you talk about is same sex marriage. You have nerve to put down Limbaugh.
04/14/2014 10:31PM
Scoot as a fill-in on WWL is ridiculous!
04/14/2014 10:32PM
Colbert is not that bright.
... but compared to Obama Zombies ...
04/14/2014 11:04PM
Scoot is an aging hippie ...
who panders to homosexuals and blacks .... LOL.
04/14/2014 11:09PM
Scoot has an hard-on for Colbert.
04/15/2014 8:03PM
scooter music critic
Ooh I love today's young music which sounds gay like artist of 1980's like boy George, Michael Jackson and the village people
04/15/2014 8:41PM
Who has the larger audience and who do the least listen to?
I think if we list the audience size, it would be: 1 - Rush 2 - O'Reilly 3 - Colbert 4 - Scoot All have their opinions, and the opinions of Limbaugh or O'Reilly are no more ridiculous than that of you, Scoot Frankly, your attempts to constantly force back to the center often creates boredom, as you don't consistently reflect an opinion that more of your listeners can relate to -- and whether you like it or not, WWL has more of a fiscally conservative audience and doesn't like the shenanigans of Obama, Biden, Hillary Clinton, Holder, Pelosi, Reed, etc. Also, lighten up a bit. You treat everything on your show much too seriously.
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