Limbaugh Not Happy About Colbert Replacing Letterman

Rush Limbaugh, who only does comedy unintentionally, reacted to the news that Stephen Colbert would be replacing David Letterman by saying that CBS had now “declared war on the heartland of America” and was mounting an “assault on traditional American values.”

Limbaugh said this is a sign that the networks have just decided to be blatantly against traditional America in their programming, explaining, “No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatives––now it’s just going to be wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny and a redefinition of what is comedy.”

Limbaugh also trashed Colbert as a “partisan, so-called comedian” whose comedy is a departure from the kind of thing Letterman and Johnny Carson did back in the day.

You go, Rush. You go.

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  • Christoph Burschka

    Limbaugh also trashed Colbert as a “partisan, so-called comedian”

    To be fair, that’s what you’d call an expert opinion.

  • John Pieret

    a “partisan, so-called comedian”

    This only escapes a Bryan Fischer Award nomination because Rush didn’t say “a partisan, so-called human being.”

  • a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    You know, if Rush hadn’t gotten busted for prescription shopping, he probably wouldn’t be around anymore. Another opportunity lost.

  • 2-D Man

    Limbaugh’s just angling to be Colbert’s first guest.

  • Chiroptera

    …whose comedy is a departure from the kind of thing Letterman and Johnny Carson did back in the day.

    Which day was that? ‘Cause Carson’s “Floyd R. Turbo, American” was a caricature of the type of people who listen to Limbaugh.

    And my Mom, who hated George W. Bush, thought Letterman’s “Famous Moments in Presidential Quotes” (or whatever he called that segment) was hilarious.

  • cswella

    I can’t think of any comedians who would qualify for that job that Rush Limbaugh WOULD approve of. Are there any good rightwing conservative comedians? Or even good neutral comedians?

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Ahhh I remember fondly Limbaugh’s positive reaction to Letterman’s fun comedy jokey thing about Palin’s daughter being impregnated by one of the New York Yankees.

    As I recall, Limbaugh was a great sport about the whole thing and totally brushed it off as the classic, old-time innocent humor.

  • dingojack

    “What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny and a redefinition of what is comedy.”

    Just remember folks, Rush thinks ‘funny stuff’ is only between a man and a woman.

    Dingo

  • marcus

    Colbert taking over for Letterman on the Tonight Show is a sign of the end times. True fact! It’s prophesized!

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    Because Carson never made fun of Ronald Reagan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwXLm6ZVW_0

    And Letterman never made fun of George Q. Bush. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLhQHeyOrnY

  • scienceavenger

    Limbaugh also trashed Colbert as a “partisan, so-called comedian” …

    What is it with conservative denial of reality? Colbert makes his living making people laugh, ergo he is a comedian. Just because YOU don’t think he’s funny doesn’t change that (although it says a lot about you). If it did, Dane Cook would have been looking for alternative employment long ago…

    And partisan my ass. Colbert has skewered a fair amount of non-Republicans. But when you think the jokes should be 100% on your side, as Limbaugh does, anything short of that seems like they are 100% against you.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Why does Rush Limbaugh hate the free market?

  • Nihilismus

    I’m actually surprised that he realizes Colbert isn’t a real conservative. It’s not like Colbert ever actually says on the show that he is being satirical.

  • dingojack

    Area Man – ’cause ‘the market’ exists in the real world* and has a well-known bias toward — reality.

    Dingo

    ——-

    * as opposed to the controllable voices in your head

  • marcus

    Guess those reports of irony’s demise were premature.

  • Synfandel

    scienceavenger @11 wrote:

    And partisan my ass. Colbert has skewered a fair amount of non-Republicans.

    Colbert does poke fun at the right far more than at the left, but that’s only because reality is biased against conservatives (and vice versa).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360322113 aaronbaker

    The “Heartland,” that land of farms and small towns where most Americans don’t live, is the “Real America” of Sarah Palin. So we get two of the favorite tropes of the Troglodyte Right: those who disagree with them are untraditional and un-American. Plus they’re Godless, too.

    But of course liberalism & progressivism are as American as apple pie or the world’s worst cheese, as is freethinking, and they all have been so for (by American standards) a very long time.

    The disconnect between the tropes and reality was most strikingly illustrated for me recently by a commentator who called late, great Pete Seeger “America-hating.” How one could possibly infer hatred of America from This Land is Your Land or other such songs is mysterious to me. I realize these people are blinkered by ideology, but I still find its blinding effects to be astounding.

  • dugglebogey

    Rush used to have a late night show of his own back in the Clinton years…but I guess calling defenseless 13-year old girls “ugly” wasn’t considered funny by enough people for him to be a successful host.

  • dugglebogey

    Also, how many years do you suppose Colbert was on the air before conservatives realized his show was actually satire?

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    The “Heartland,” that land of farms and small towns where most Americans don’t live…

    Including Rush Limbaugh, who splits his time between Florida and New York.

    Come to think of it, I don’t think there’s a single right-wing pundit who lectures us about how the “Heartland” is the Real America who has ever actually lived there.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    late, great Pete Seeger “America-hating.” How one could possibly infer hatred of America from This Land is Your Land

    Woody Guthrie, another America-hating liberal, actually wrote “This Land Is Your Land”, although Pete did sing it a lot.

    And many conservatives consider that song to be socialistic, btw. These are the last 3 verses:

    As I went walking I saw a sign there

    And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”

    But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,

    That side was made for you and me.

    In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,

    By the relief office I seen my people;

    As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking

    Is this land made for you and me?

    Nobody living can ever stop me,

    As I go walking that freedom highway;

    Nobody living can ever make me turn back

    This land was made for you and me.

    Clearly, this song hates America!

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Also, how many years do you suppose Colbert was on the air before conservatives realized his show was actually satire?”

    I was talking to someone just the other night who had to explain to his daughter WHO Steve Colbert is and how to tell he’s NOT conservative. It is like requiring instruction to know that fire burns.

    Rush Limbaugh could make me laugh, if he choked to death at a Shoney’s.

  • marcus

    Demo@22 I normally wouldn’t find humor in the death of another human being… but I’m willing to make and exception!

    (Besides one would have to admire the inherent poetic justice.)

  • besomyka

    You go, Rush. You go.

    No, seriously. Leave.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360322113 aaronbaker

    @21;

    i knew Seeger didn’t write it, just that he sang it everywhere. Clearly I have to write more precisely.

  • felidae

    So, a man who makes $50million+ a year and lives in Palm Beach in a mansion appoints himself the guardian of the heartland and cares about late night TV–the only thing he shares with his mythic heartlander is being fat, bald and opinionated

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “–the only thing he shares with his mythic heartlander is being fat, bald and opinionated’

    Au contraire–the list is a LOT longer than that. He’s indignorant, bigoted, hypocritical, racist, sexist, cowardly and addicted to prescription drugs.

    Besides, you know who ELSE is fat, bald and opinionated? That’s right, ME!

    And I assure you that I am nothing like Rush.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Limbaugh not happy about Colbert replacing Letterman

    In fairness, I’m not happy either.

    Not because Colbert ain’t funny and a good choice for that role mind you. He is. (Funny & a good choice)

    Just because, damn, I’ve enjoyed watching Letterman for years and wish he wouldn’t retire but keep on going forever dammnit! I’ll miss Letterman and doubt anyone can quite take his place.

    Still hope I’m wrong and go get ’em Colbert!