The Colbert Report Blog #11
As of recent advances in technology and our changing media, there is often the question of what exactly is journalism? or what much one do to be considered a journalist? People often question whether shows like The Daily Show or The Colbert Report are journalism. This is a very tough question to answer. These shows do report the news, but not objectively. But does that mean that all other news stations such as CNN or FOX report the news objectively? I would say that shows like The Colbert Report should be considered types of journalism, but perhaps a different type than the “objective” reporting from stations such as CNN and MSNBC. But even though these shows may not be considered journalism, they still have the media-spotlight effect. This occurs when the media has intense coverage of a certain event, or person, for a short time, but then moves on to other issues soon after. An example of this is the coverage of the events in Egypt on The Colbert Report. Just like other news agencies, his show has had intense coverage of this event, but will most likely move on to other events now that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down.
In a recent episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert reports, or discusses, the crisis in Egypt. He focuses on Hosno Mubarak’s resignation in this episode, which is, of course, the latest news. Stephen Colbert begins the report by stating that Hosni Mubarak has been reported suffering from a severe psychological condition. This is something that I have not heard about in the news in agencies such as CNN or Al Jazeera, which I thought was interesting. Another aspect of Colbert’s coverage was the fact that when he showed clips of the events in Egypt, he showed clips from CNN – which should legitimize him a little bit. However, Colbert does focus a lot more on how the event was covered in the media or happenings in the media such as Anderson Cooper getting hit while in Cairo. Colbert even mocks himself as a journalist in the show by saying “When I found out about the protests, I did what any journalist would do and went to the Luxor in Las Vegas.” He proceeds to make fun of people on the Fox news who share their conspiracies on the issue instead of presenting information about the event.