From the July 17 edition of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report:
From the April 11 edition of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report:
On the January 7 edition of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert called out Fox News for using an unsourced photo of Al Gore's 2006 book An Inconvenient Truth selling for $1 as a means of mocking climate change:
Comedy Central's The Daily Show and The Colbert Report criticized CBS' 60 Minutes for its apology and correction over its Benghazi report featuring discredited source Dylan Davies that media observers and journalism experts have called "pathetically inadequate," "flimsy," and "way short of what was needed."
On November 8, 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan told viewers "we were wrong" to air the October 27 segment after Davies' credibility was destroyed following reports from The Washington Post and The New York Times that what he told 60 Minutes about his actions during the Benghazi attacks differed substantially from what he told his employer and the FBI. Logan promised that on November 10, 60 Minutes would "correct the record." That apology and correction came at the end of the program, lasted a mere 90 seconds, and contradicted a previous account Logan gave about Davies' story.
Jon Stewart blasted the 60 Minutes apology in a segment he called "meh culpa," saying Davies' account was "total bullsh*t. He made the whole thing up." Stewart then criticized the program for not checking out Davies' story prior to airing the segment:
Stephen Colbert highlighted Fox News' obsession with tying the Benghazi hoax to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and its promotion of the false 60 Minutes story. Colbert also aired his own segment satirizing CBS' production of the Benghazi report.
Media reporters and journalism professors have also criticized 60 Minutes' apology. New York Times reporters Bill Carter and Brian Stelter noted that "the apology was deemed inadequate by a wide range of commentators." Politico media reporter Dylan Byers wrote that the apology "offered little in the way of an explanation for the show's error." Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz tweeted that the apology "[l]eaves many questions unanswered." Michael Getler, former Washington Post and current PBS ombudsman explained in an email to Media Matters that "the apology fell way short of what was needed." He continued:
60 Minutes should have done a segment on what went wrong, not just a brief apology. 60 Minutes is the gold standard for credible investigative reporting on hot-button issues on network television, where precious little of that is done elsewhere. So it is important to journalism and to the public, not just to CBS, that it gets things right.
On the November 14 edition of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert mocked Fox News' inflated estimates of the number of jobs the Keystone XL pipeline might provide, playing video of anchors and guests estimating it would create "20,000 immediate jobs," "118,000 in direct jobs" and finally "a million new high-paying jobs." In fact, even TransCanada, the company that would head the project, has said the total jobs created would be far fewer, and an independent report has found that the project could actually destroy more jobs than it creates through higher fuel costs and environmental damage.
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On the September 14 edition of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert mocked Fox News and the NY Post's story attacking President Obama over the paper clip used to hold together his jobs bill. After playing clips of co-hosts from Fox News' Fox & Friends and The Five attacking the paper clip, Colbert joked, "I'll tell you folks, the story of Clipgate is spreading like wildfire -- all the way from Fox News studio E to Fox News studio J." Later, he added, "If [Obama] really believed in this bill, he should have presented it in a leather-bound volume with gold filigree and illuminated initials, so the Republicans had something presentable to dismiss before they ever look at it."
On the August 9 edition of The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert mocked Rush Limbaugh for claiming that the heat index is a government conspiracy, joking, "The heat index is just more big government numbers telling you how hot to feel -- just like their time index tells you how sleepy to feel." He also mocked Fox & Friends co-hosts Steve Doocy and Gretchen Carlson for claiming that a recent episode of SpongeBob SquarePants was "pushing a global warming agenda" and falsely suggesting that there is doubt within the scientific community about whether or not global warming is man-made.
From the April 14 edition of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report:
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During the January 20 edition of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report , host Stephen Colbert highlighted Rush Limbaugh's mocking imitation of Chinese speech following Chinese president Hu Jintao's visit. He also reviewed other times Limbaugh has mocked minorities, as well as the chronically ill.
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From the December 20 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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From the August 17 edition of Comedy Central's Colbert Report:
Last week, we noted that ABC's This Week would begin working with PolitiFact.com to provide a weekly fact-check of the Sunday show. Said PolitiFact.com's Bill Adair in making the announcement:
Jake Tapper, the interim host of This Week, liked the suggestion and asked us to fact-check the show on a trial basis. So starting this Sunday, we'll be fact-checking the newsmakers who appear on the program. We'll post the items on our home page and on the show's Web site. The items will also be archived on PolitiFact's This Week page, so you'll be able to check back periodically and see how the newsmakers are doing.
Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's Colbert Report, isn't pleased. As he puts it:
I don't care about facts. I gut-check my show. I say, "gut, does that feel true to you," and gut says, "yes it does Stephen, let's get a grilled cheese sandwich."
Colbert also ribbed David Gregory, host of NBC's Meet the Press, for this disappointing statement:
People can fact-check Meet the Press every Sunday on their own terms.
I hope Gregory will come to his senses. It would do all Sunday show viewers a great deal of good if Meet the Press, CBS' Face the Nation, Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday (and the cable/syndicated ones too) followed This Week's lead rather than Colbert's, which is how they seem to do it now.