Monday, May 01, 2006

The Truthiness Will Out

There's a lot we can glean from an article in Editor & Publisher about Stephen Colbert's performance at Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner.

First, unsurprisingly, the President and First Lady are humorless when someone speaks a bit too much "truthiness" about the Bush administration. Second, even more unsurprisingly, the White House correspondents are largely a bunch of timid lapdogs.

The article even recaps a number of Colbert's best jokes from the dinner. Here's my favorite:
He attacked those in the press who claim that the shake-up at the White House was merely re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. "This administration is soaring, not sinking," he said. "If anything, they are re-arranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg."
But the E&P article teaches us another valuable lesson as well: read news stories all the way to the end. That's where they try to tie up the odds and ends, and sometimes there are wonderful nuggets of strangeness to be found. Here's the last line of the article:
Among attendees at the black tie event: Morgan Fairchild, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Justice Antonin Scalia, George Clooney, and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of the Doobie Brothers—in a kilt. (my italics)
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter? What the hell was he doing at the White House Correspondents Dinner? Was Mark Farner unavailable?

And hey, that kilt might explain why George and Laura looked so upset.
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