ITWASSOOTED: Stephen Colbert: New American Hero

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Stephen Colbert: New American Hero

Virtually overnight, Stephen Colbert became a hero to countless Americans, following his April 30 performance at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

...The fact is, Stephen Colbert is at the acme of rising independent voices -- in the blogosphere, on the internet, in publishing and independent filmmaking -- who are being aggressive and playing hardball the way the right does. And guess what? The establishment is getting nervous. The powers-that-be know that people respond to passion, anger and resistance, emotions that convey meaning and seriousness, and the will to fight hard for important issues.Stephen Colbert turned the heat up on them all:It's getting hotter in the kitchen, and some of those who have the most to hide are getting closer to a meltdown.