COUNTERPOINT EXTRA: THE PASSION OF THE CHIMP
I've joked about Mark Hyman's ideological (and sometimes physical) resemblance to Stephen Colbert's rightwing blowhard persona he's crafted on "The Colbert Report." If you aren't yet a fan of Colbert, you will be after watching his turn at the Whitehouse Correspondents' Dinner.
Staying completely in character, Colbert crucified George Bush while the president and his wife sat less than ten feet away. For good measure, he skewered the Washington press corps themselves for being lapdogs.
Knowing that this would nearly guarantee cricket chirps in the room, Colbert went ahead and said what needed to be said, and did it with a wicked grace and comedic elan that is marvelous to behold.
So much of what is offered up as "satire" these days is simply empty mockery that takes aim at vapidity and offers only more of the same. Colbert, on the other hand, offers us something that would make Jonathan Swift smile: satire with both a sharp scalpel and a soul.
If you haven't seen it, check it out.