Colbert mocked E.D. Hill for "terrorist fist jab" comment, NY Times' Brooks for referring to nonexistent Applebee's salad bars

››› ››› ANDREW IRONSIDE

On June 10, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert mocked Fox News anchor E.D. Hill for her June 6 comment about Sen. Barack Obama and wife Michelle's on-stage "fist bump" on the final day of the Democratic presidential primaries, saying: "A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? The gesture everyone seems to interpret differently."

Earlier on June 10, Hill had said: "I mentioned various ways the Obamas' fist pump in St. Paul had been characterized in the media. I apologize because unfortunately, some thought I personally had characterized it inappropriately. I regret that. It was not my intention."

Colbert also ridiculed New York Times columnist David Brooks for his assertion that Obama "doesn't seem like the kind of guy who could go into an Applebee's salad bar, and people think he fits in naturally there." As Colbert and Media Matters for America noted, Applebee's restaurants do not have salad bars. Colbert then took a jab at Brooks and other journalists who have characterized Obama as an elitist, saying, "Nothing stings like being called an elitist by the humble working-class members of the media and politics."

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