Monday, May 01, 2006


wow. read Chris Durang's comments on Stephen Colbert's fierce and funny criticism at a White House Dinner. The press is ignoring it but if you read it, it's hard to ignore.

"Now, I know there's some polls out there saying this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in "reality." And reality has a well-known liberal bias."

"And as excited as I am to be here with the president, I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media that is destroying America, with the exception of Fox News. Fox News gives you both sides of every story, the President's side and the Vice President's side."

"Jesse Jackson is here. I had him on the show. Very interesting and challenging interview. You can ask him anything, but he's going to say what he wants at the pace that he wants. It's like boxing a glacier."

"Enjoy that metaphor, because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good job linking the Durang piece to your blog.

This article by Durang is almost a metaphor for Durang himself and the collective perceptions of his work.

Durang is one of the funniest writers of all time. And this very fact - almost never disputed - somehow hinders him from being considered an important artist.

Writing about Stephen Colbert's stand-up act which he performed in front of the president would seem to be a light-hearted way to bring up some juicy gossip, but as Durang points out, the fact that this incident was ignored almost entirely by the press is very, very serious; grave, almost.

And Durang sums up brilliantly what has been on my mind - a painful, simmering thought - ever since all the reports of this event started streeming in, uniform and offensive in their inoffensives as they are. The article's author says it best, so here it is:

"This, by the way, is the same Washington event where Bush previously charmed many (and horrified others) by pretending to have trouble finding Weapons of Mass Destruction (after we'd started to realize they weren't in Iraq), and wandered the room looking under tables. Really cute, huh? They should send videos of that to the families of soldiers killed."