Thursday, October 7, 2010

Today’s Video: The duality of Colbert

There are occasions when Stephen Colbert emphasizes his quasi-conservative shtick like his appearance at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner or when he gave testimony at a Congressional hearing two weeks ago. Yet there are also times when his commentary can be thought-provoking and profound such as his explanation of why he defended migrant rights during the aforementioned hearing.

These two sides of Colbert's persona were manifested on Tuesday's episode of "The Colbert Report". The first part of the feature discusses violence against Mexican journalists though not without some jokes and quips. Starting at the 3:00 minute mark, however, Colbert takes on a more serious tone while interviewing NPR correspondent John Burnett. While some of his remarks are still humorous Colbert helps to bring out Burnett's expertise on threats against the media and how the drug trade could be changed. It's a very revealing and informed exchange that is well worth watching:
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