Blogstorm Follows Stephen Colbert's WHCA Performance

Posted on May 1, 2006

There is great buzz in the blogosphere about Stephen Colbert's performance at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner. Today, Stephen Colbert held the top two search keywords on Technorati: Colbert and Stephen Colbert as well as the most popular YouTube videos. Yesterday, Technorati showed over 500 posts for Colbert and there were likely many more posts made today. BlogPulse reports that Colbert even moved into the #2 most blogged personalities slot -- a spot usually only taken by President Bush or Happy Potter.
It's not often that someone nudges into the No. 1-2 spots of the most-blogged-about personalities...spots usually reserved for President George Bush and the fictitious teenthrob Harry Potter. But comedian Steven Colbert has done it in a big way today, capturing No. 2 spot among BlogPulse's key people list for his "truthiness-inspired" speech at the White House Correspondent Dinner Saturday night.
Colbert is being called ballsy, brave, hilarious and heroic by bloggers that enjoyed his performance. There have even been some comparisons to Mark Twain.

Posts by Peter Daou and Chris Durang discuss some of the mainstream media that are completely ignoring or trying to bury Colbert's performance. Are they trying to hide from some of Colbert's jabs like this one?
But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works: the president makes decisions. He's the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know -- fiction!
Not all bloggers liked Colbert's performance. A few bloggers even say Colbert's routine was disrespectful. President Bush did congratulate Stephen Colbert and shake his hand afterwards. A transcript can be found here on DailyKos.

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