Crass Colbert

President Harry S. Truman said, “When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn’t for you. It’s for the Presidency.” CBS and Stephen Colbert have forgotten. What makes Colbert’s egregious and vulgar remarks directed toward our President even more revolting is that we are told his remarks were sanctioned by CBS management. In short, CBS unleashed its despicable henchman to do a hatch job on the office of the Presidency and Donald Trump, the holder of that office. They wanted to punish and threaten the President. In doing so, they went way beyond being purveyors of only fake news.

Many conservative television show hosts have defended Colbert’s right of free speech to say what he wants however disrespectful or even seditious his words may be. I would agree if Colbert was standing on a soapbox in some city park somewhere. I do not agree when he has the power of air time on a national television network, particularly when that network and Colbert say their words and actions were in retaliation for an abruptly terminated interview with President Trump when the CBS reporter, a friend of Colbert’s, became insulting and badgering. The President had had enough.

The Federal Communications Commission has authority over the airwaves in case you did not realize this. The FCC dictates all sorts of prohibitions and requirements over broadcasters in radio and television. There are certain words and images that are banned. They won’t, but the FCC should come down hard on CBS and Colbert. The line was more than crossed. Colbert should be removed and sent packing. He is not funny. He is disgusting.

Think what the case would have been if Colbert or someone like him would have concocted similar remarks about Barack Hussein Obama in his first couple of months in office as President; or even in his last months. The country would have been aflame. The streets would have been flooded with angry protesters. Colbert would have kept his job about 5 seconds.

But, I guess this only happens now when a politically conservative voice is scheduled to be heard. That is when the protesters/anarchist come out swinging to set fires, break windows, turn over cars, and hurt people. Colbert fits right in with this crowd. He cowardly fans the flames in the guise of comedy. His words over a national network are no less violent than those of protesters in the streets.

Shame on Colbert. Shame on CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN and all who continue the barrage of slander against our President Donald Trump and the office of the Presidency. Donald Trump won the hearts and minds of the people in this country who really matter; the good hearted, kind, and honest folks who want the best for the United States of America and all of its citizens. He won the election for the Presidency.

Stephen Colbert and his ilk at CBS need to pack it up and move on. And those viewers who thought Colbert funny need to check their own values and thinking. It is time to change channels, permanently. Colbert says he has few, if any, regrets. If his attitude and behavior is accepted; the mantle of the Presidency, regardless of who may occupy the highest office in the United States of America, will be irreparably harmed. We all need to listen to President Harry S. Truman.


About Kent Blacklidge Ph.D.

As one of a newspaper family who owned a 34,000 daily newspaper in the heart of the Midwest for 85 years, I have a deep belief in a strong “Fourth Estate”, the press. Without a diligent, truthful, and assertive free press, the power would be taken from the people. People have the absolute right to know. After earning a degree in Industrial Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue, I spent over 20 years in newspaper management with several as publisher. I also hold three graduate science degrees including a Ph.D.. I have a passionate interest in science, the environment, government, and politics. I have very little tolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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