Majority leader found Colbert embarrassing
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.
SERIOUSLY? Comedian Stephen Colbert testifies on immigration issues before a House subcommittee.