Saturday, May 27, 2006

Legal Defense Fund Uses Colbert Report Interview To Support DeLay

Although it sounds like a bit for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the legal defense fund for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) thinks it has found an ally in ... Stephen Colbert?

DeLay’s legal defense fund recently sent out a mass email criticizing the movie “The Big Buy: Tom DeLay’s Stolen Congress,” by “Outfoxed” creator Robert Greenwald. Amazingly, to prove that Greenwald is part of some vast liberal Hollywood conspiracy against DeLay, the defense fund cites Colbert’s interview with Greenwald on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report.

Although Colbert's audience recognizes that Colbert plays a faux-conservative modeled after Fox News Channel's Bill O’Reilly, apparently the legal defense fund didn't get the joke. It's hardly a secret that Colbert mocks conservatives, especially after he was criticized for skewering the Bush Administration and the media during his speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner. An audio version of the speech has become the most downloaded thing around.

According to the legal defense fund e-mail: "Colbert Cracks the Story on Real Motivations Behind the Movie," because Colbert asked "hard-hitting" questions such as “Who hates America more, you or Michael Moore?”

Maybe the defense fund figures it needs all the friends it can find -- even faux friends. Its website features the full video of the interview, sadly lacking the disclaimer: "Please ignore the audience's laughter ..."

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