(The Best of the Colbert Report was provided to me by Click Communications for the purpose of review.)
First, a confession. Four years ago, I would never have considered reviewing a DVD compilation of clips from a Comedy Channel show that makes its living by satirizing Republicans and Republican-leaning news shows. Four years ago, I considered myself a die-hard Republican. I thought the whole of politics revolved around one issue: abortion. I thought President Bush was the best possible choice for our president. Although I may still think he has been better than the alternatives we were presented with (Kerry or Gore) would have been, I no longer think that he is a sacred cow whose decisions and integrity can’t or shouldn’t be called into question.
Having said that, I have to admit that when I agreed to review The Best of the Colbert Report, it was pretty much on a whim and I didn’t give it much thought. I’d seen The Colbert Report on TV; I knew the premise. I find it humorous – and although Colbert’s most frequent targets happen to be conservatives, he is also willing to satirize the Dems when they deserve it. I thought it would be interesting to watch the DVD and see what has made Colbert’s show so popular over the past few years. What I didn’t think about was the fact that I might be angering some of my loyal readers by reviewing this DVD. I’m hoping that this won’t be the case.
Having said that Colbert is willing to ridicule the Dems when they are asking for it, I must admit that this DVD compilation pretty much targets the Republican Party, and the man Stephen Colbert modelled his program after, Bill O’Reilly. And, frankly, I find a lot of it very funny. Some of it is too one-sided, but sadly, a lot of it has the ring of truth to it. I can no longer listen to Ann Coulter or Bill O’Reilly because they are unwilling to admit or discuss the fact that Republicans can and do make mistakes, and that they can and do move outside of the bounds of ethics. (Most politicians do, unfortunately.) That stubborn pride is what makes them easy targets for someone like Stephen Colbert.
So, I guess my bottom line is this: If you like political satire, and you aren’t so married to the Republican party that you can’t see when they are wrong, you would find this DVD funny. If you don’t like political satire, or you think that Republicans shouldn’t be the target of satire and ridicule, I’d avoid it.
And, lastly, please don’t hate me if we disagree.