Colbert Annoys Press Corps . . . Again

Let's face it: Some in the Washington press corps still
resent Stephen Colbert because he so brilliantly lampooned them to their faces at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner
over their coziness with the Bush White House.

Yesterday, some elite journalists couldn't contain their
anger after Colbert testified before Congress on behalf of immigrant farm
workers -- mostly in character (with some funny and not-so-funny jokes) and
partly in total seriousness: "I like talking about people who don't have any
power and it seems like some of the least powerful people in the United States
are the migrant workers who come and do our work and don't have any rights as a
result . And yet we still invite them to come here, and at the same time ask
them to leave."

Thanks to Colbert, a hearing on migrant workers that
would have been ignored by mainstream journalists was jam-packed with mainstream

But hosting "Hardball" last night, NBC's Chuck Todd was
beside himself: "A lot of us frankly are offended." He suggested Congress members should
have walked out of the hearing room as Colbert testified.

Ironically, Todd made the Colbert appearance his top

And that's a good thing -- because the plight of migrant
farm workers is otherwise ignored on "Hardball." I did a quick NEXIS search for
variations of "immigrant farm workers" or "migrant farm labor" and found about
three mentions in the last decade.

On last night's ABC World News Tonight, correspondent
Jonathan Karl did a piece on Colbert on Capitol Hill; Karl rushed up to Colbert,
gotcha-style, as soon as he finished testifying and asked if he was "worried
about trivializing such a serious issue."

If it's such a "serious issue," why has ABC World News
offered such spotty coverage? It's been almost a year since Brian Ross's strong
piece on child labor. According to NEXIS, there was a solid report a year before
that on farm workers in the heat wave. I found a passing reference in 2009 to an
astronaut being the son of migrant farm workers, and a 2008 story on a man's journey "from an illegal migrant farm worker to world-class brain surgeon."

If that's how ABC World News covers "serious issues" of
human rights, it's Jonathan Karl who needs to answer about "trivialization."

Not Stephen Colbert.

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