Stephen Colbert draws fire for saying Biden should have slapped Fox reporter Peter Doocy

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In the latest example of a liberal Democrat suggesting that acts of physical violence are acceptable responses to those who they differ with politically, late-night host Stephen Colbert said that Fox News reporter Peter Doocy should be on the receiving end of a slap in the face from President Joe Biden.

During Tuesday’s edition of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the smarmy host took exception that Doocy would dare to do his job as a journalist by asking uncomfortable questions of those in power when he tried to pin down the “leader” of the free world on what his response would be if Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine, a very pertinent question considering that such an escalation could lead to WW III and a nuclear exchange.

“Yesterday, President Biden held a press conference,” Colbert began, “and he was asked a ridiculous question by a ridiculous man: Fox News reporter and that one kid in high school who wears a suit to gym class, Peter Doocy. Jimmy, drop the deuce,” as he teed up a clip of the Fox News bulldog’s grilling of the befuddled Biden.

“Remember…” he continued to applause, “yes. remember how on last night’s show I said that slapping is never, ever the answer?” Colbert said in a reference to Will Smith’s Oscar night slap heard across the world.

“I’d like to file a one-time exception on behalf of the president of the United States,” he said,  endorsing the assault of a member of the press as his cult-like audience erupted in hoots and cheers.

Colbert’s endorsement of violence against a reporter drew much criticism on Twitter.

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald skewered Colbert as an elitist who forgot his roots.

“Stephen Colbert made his name at the 2006 WH Correspondents Dinner mocking journalists for being too deferential to the president,” he wrote. “Now, 16 years and $150 million later, he demands journalists be more deferential to the President, says they should be slapped when confrontational.”

Greenwald was referring to Colbert’s appearance at the White House Correspondent’s Association Dinner in 2006 where he slammed the press for not speaking truth to power and brutally mocked a visibly uncomfortable President George W. Bush in a performance that served as a launching pad for his future stardom in the leftist news-entertainment industrial complex.

Greenwald added, “If some conservative comedian went on a network news show or Fox and said any journalists asking tough questions of President Trump should be “slapped” for their insolence, it’d be a major crisis, with denunciations flowing from journalists and press freedom groups, etc. etc.”

Newsweek deputy opinion editor of Batya Ungar-Sargon also blasted Colbert, tweeting, “When faced with a journalist doing ACTUAL JOURNALISM, asking the President of the United States to clarify what he meant when he said the U.S. would meet a chemical attack ‘in kind,’ Colbert’s response is to mock the reporter for not being cool and advocate violence against him.”

In a follow-up tweet, she wrote, “It’s so revealing about how they see journalism and why our liberal media is so broken. Being a journalist today means never questioning the President and aspiring to be called cool by millionaires and their affluent progressive audiences. Failing to do so deserves violence.”

Ungar-Sargon added, “The President literally said we would answer a chemical weapon in kind. What does that mean? Surely Americans have a right to know!! But if you are a reporter and you ask what he meant by that, you deserve to be slapped. You can’t make this stuff up.”

Another user suggested the hypocritical Colbert would be right at home in Putin’s authoritarian regime, writing, “For an alleged comedian supposedly opposed to Russia, this pro-regime reminds me an awful lot of Russian pro-Putin propaganda disguised as comedy.”

More responses to Colbert’s despicable remarks that conservative reporters should be treated violently:

In an interesting side note, CNN’s incoming boss, Chris Licht who will replace disgraced Jeff Zucker at the helm of the self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news,” is the executive producer of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” a sign that things may not change as much as has been suggested when he sets up shop at his new employer.

It seems like an eternity ago but there used to be a day when late-night comics weren’t partisan hacks. Despite his run as the king of late-night occurring during the days of the civil rights era, the Vietnam War, the turbulent 60s and Watergate, Johnny Carson never ventured into the territory of divisive party politics, a golden era unlike today when the tube is filled with nothing but court jesters for the Democratic Party.

Today, late-night TV is really hate-night TV.


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