Any replacement of veteran listicle host David Letterman was due for its fair share of internet chatter, but the announcement that his replacement will be Stephen Colbert has attracted the most fervent of crazy: conservative American pundits.
Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that the Colbert-hosted Late Show means late night comedy will no longer be “a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatives. Now it’s just going to be wide out in the open.”
“It’s media planting a flag here. Maybe even media’s last stand. It’s a declaration,” he said. “There’s no unity in this hire. They’ve hired a partisan, so-called comedian, to run a comedy show.”
Limbaugh wasn’t the only conservative angered by CBS’ choice to place a higher value on Colbert’s record as a popular late night TV host with a dedicated, in-built audience than non-partisanship:
Colbert? Really? Why not just wait until President Obama is out of office and hire him to replace Letterman directly?
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 10, 2014
All of these “unbiased” sources that find it okay to praise Colbert because hey, he’s just a comedian! No he’s not. He pushes an agenda.
— SunnyRight (@sunnyright) April 10, 2014
Low-Rated Hyper-Partisan Lefty to Replace David Letterman
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) April 10, 2014
Will a full hour of truthiness each night be too much? We look forward to finding out when Dave steps down in 2015.
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