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Colbert Skewers Clueless Politicians

7/25/2006 4:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert is what Bill O'Reilly would be if he had a sense of humor. For two seasons, Colbert has satirized the right-wing political pundit for the amusement of Comedy Central viewers. Colbert has been so successful that his word "truthiness" was voted the 2005 Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society. He's even spawned his own political party.



All of this makes it that much harder to understand why politicians continue to be caught off guard by this "fake" political pundit. Colbert's "Better Know a District" segment has caught more then a few representatives off guard. Take Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a staunch supporter of displaying the Ten Commandments in the House and Senate. When Colbert asked Westmoreland to recite the commandments, the confounded Congressman got stuck at number three. Recently, Colbert interviewed Congressman Robert Wexler, who said he enjoys prostitutes and cocaine because "it's a fun thing to do." Wexler later told the The Palm Beach Post that he was playing along with the joke and appeared on the show at the urging of his younger staffers.

And it doesn't stop with members of Congress. Colbert's interview with film maker Robert Greenwald was recently showcased on a web site that is collecting donations for Tom DeLay's defense fund. The site mistakenly thought that Colbert was completely sincere in his attack on the author, asking him such hard-hitting questions as "Who hates America more, you or Michael Moore?" The site trumpeted that Robert Greenwald "crashed and burned" during the interview.

We wonder if these politicians and their followers have the same public relations advice as Britney Spears. Let's hope for the sake of comedy they don't wise up.

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Colbertisagod    

Stephen is a deity the like of which this world has never known. He will bring down the mountains and reform this world into his own image.

His show is pretty damn funny too.

2990 days ago
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yasodic    

Colbert hates gay bears, you aren't going to find that information in the mainstream press, because of their prejudice against truthiness, but it is true and disgusting, gay bears are people too right? they just want to love, get married and eat fish, is there anything wrong with that?

stephen is so hawt, TMZ foreverZ!!!!

2990 days ago
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Smartypants    

Colbert has nothing against gay bears, just bears in the wilderness. He searches the bear sites for hours looking for info about bears, but only finds pictures of hairy men...

2990 days ago
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Mitch McCoy    

It's true what Wexler says, cocaine and prostitues really are fun to do. Finally someone had the guts to say what we were all thinking. Let's all thank Stephen for giving Congressman Robert Wexler a forum to express himself.

2990 days ago
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colbertrocks    

i love it when colbert absolutely skewers some right-wing nut on his show. they don't even know what hit them when he's done. it's a sight to behold. comedy gold, i tell ya. more colbert, jon stewart stories, please!!

2990 days ago
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Ava    

I wonder how Colbert keeps his wits so sharp. Colbert is what O'Reily would be if he had intelligence,Morals and Not to forget tolerable to watch. Go Colbert.

2990 days ago
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GG    

Colbert is the hottest guy ever! Did you know he teaches Sunday school? Not that I'm into that-I just think it's so sweet.

2990 days ago
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Kat    

welcome jesus

2989 days ago
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kathryn    

I LOVE Stephen Cobert! He is soo hot & his show is AWESOME! I want to have his babies too!!!

2989 days ago
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Steph    

Stephen Colbert is a wacky liberal. Let's see... Hilary in '08 or Colbert in '08? Spare me, I'm voting Libertarian.

2989 days ago

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