From the Tom Woods Letter:
Just when you thought Stephen Colbert couldn’t get less funny, he interviews Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who’s running for president as a Democrat.
She holds terrible views on many things. I know that. Not even close to the point, though.
Colbert had about as much charm, charisma, and humor as a hostage reading a ransom note.
Normally, a Democrat can expect light banter, friendly questions, and plenty of humor from a late-night talk-show host.
The Politically Incorr... Best Price: $0.90 Buy New $9.99 (as of 07:30 EDT - Details) (Republicans not so much: I recall seeing Rand Paul on David Letterman, and the host spent the time not looking for common ground, pointing out what a unique politician Rand was that he could find points of agreement with pretty much everyone, but instead lecturing him — why, teachers should be paid more! Letterman boldly insisted, for instance.)
She opposes the U.S. empire and has made this opposition a primary rallying cry of her campaign. This is not allowed.
No longer does the left exist to question authority, if indeed it ever did. It exists to defend orthodoxies and expel dissidents.
Every mainstream outlet at this point is an echo chamber for the U.S. regime’s talking points. Even — or perhaps especially — so-called comedy.
So instead of humor, Gabbard (quite unlike her opponents) was treated to relentless hostility, and the kind of fact-free talking points one might hear from Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Joe Lieberman, or any person drawn at random from the Establishment.
As usual, Caitlin Johnstone wrote what I was thinking, faster and better than I could have:
This interview was easily Colbert’s most blatant establishment rim job I’ve ever seen, surpassing even the time he corrected his own audience when they cheered at James Comey’s firing to explain to them that Comey is a good guy now and they’re meant to like him. Colbert’s show is blatant propaganda for human livestock, and the fact that this is what American “comedy” shows look like now is nauseating. Real Dissent: A Libert... Best Price: $7.84 Buy New $7.79 (as of 04:40 EDT - Details)
Colbert gave Gabbard a little lecture that could have come from Dick Cheney or John McCain:
If we are not, though, nature abhors a vacuum, and if we are not involved in international conflicts, or trying to quell international conflicts, certainly the Russians and the Chinese will fill that vacuum. And we will step away from the world stage in a significant way that might destabilize the world, because the United States, however flawed, is a force for good in the world in my opinion.
By contrast, I recall the (relatively) good old days of Jay Leno, who had Ron Paul on the Tonight Show just as FOX News was busy excluding him from one of its debates.
Leno was respectful and friendly with Dr. Paul that night. And just the other day Leno said that the trouble with late-night comedy now is that the political biases are so open and obvious that the material just can’t be funny anymore.
This week on the Tom Woods Show I spoke to Harvard’s Stephen Walt about the mind-numbing conformity that makes productive discussion of U.S. foreign policy all but impossible.
This Colbert performance reveals that the situation is worse than even I imagined. Here is how interviews would be conducted in an Orwellian dystopia.
Except this is the real world.