Ma­jor­ity leader found Col­bert em­bar­rass­ing

Los Angeles Times - - The Nation - — Ken Di­la­nian

Co­me­dian Stephen Col­bert’s satir­i­cal tes­ti­mony be­fore a House sub­com­mit­tee last week was “an em­bar­rass­ment” that should not have hap­pened, the sec­ond-rank­ing House Demo­crat said.

“I think his tes­ti­mony was not ap­pro­pri­ate,” House Ma­jor­ity Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said on “Fox News Sun­day.” “What he had to say was not the way it should have been said.”

Hoyer’s po­si­tion con­trasted with that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Fran­cisco), who said the op­po­site Fri­day af­ter Col­bert tes­ti­fied be­fore a ju­di­ciary sub­com­mit­tee on im­mi­gra­tion.

Col­bert, who par­o­dies a generic self-im­por­tant rightwing talk show host for his nightly show on Com­edy Cen­tral, “The Col­bert Re­port,” tes­ti­fied in char­ac­ter, dol­ing out the same sort of acer­bic barbs that drew praise and crit­i­cism when he evis­cer­ated the news me­dia and Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush at the 2006 White House Cor­re­spon­dents Din­ner.

His com­edy of­ten comes at the ex­pense of Repub­li­cans, as does that of his Com­edy Cen­tral part­ner, Jon Ste­wart.

Rep. Zoe Lof­gren (D-San Jose), the sub­com­mit­tee chair­woman, had asked Col­bert to tes­tify af­ter they spent a day to­gether pick­ing beans and pack­ing corn as part of the United Farm Work­ers’ Take Our Jobs cam­paign, which in­vites Amer­i­cans to try their hand at field work.

Kevin Lamarque

SE­RI­OUSLY? Co­me­dian Stephen Col­bert tes­ti­fies on im­mi­gra­tion is­sues be­fore a House sub­com­mit­tee.

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