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Colbert, Mocking Beck, Goes Where 'NYT' Would Not

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Colbert, Mocking Beck, Goes Where 'NYT' Would Not

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(Commentary) Was it another Jon Stewart vs. Jim Cramer takedown? Another case of a fake newsman going where the mainstream press dared not go?

It was shocking last night to watch the usually pro-right-wing Stephen Colbert faux persona lay into Fox News' TV host Glenn Beck without an ounce of sympathy. It came just one day after that New York Times front page profile of Beck aired only a small portion of his dirty laundry and mainly treated him as just another popular entertainer.

Colbert, on the other hand, expressed (albeit with his usual twinkle and silly Halloween coda) all of the passion, and skill, shown by Stewart when he went after Cramer. He was not just foolin' around.

Something obviously got to him. Perhaps it was a part left out of the Times' piece, which covered Beck's new "9/12" movement without mentioning that Beck had attacked 9/11 families and said he was "sick" of hearing about it and them. The Colbert punch line: "The 9-12 project is not for families directly affected by 9/11 -- just people building their careers on it."

Compare this to the Times' treatment of Beck as largely a voice for "conservative populist anger" with his "moral lessons" and "passion" and "outrage. …

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