For Stephen Colbert, an open bias towards President Trump is a ratings winner. In fact, Colbert's lead over his ABC rival shows no signs of waning. Audiences like his message, no matter how politically biased.
This week, however, Colbert let it be known how he really feels about President Trump and, specifically, his contentious interview with CBS reporter John Dickerson. In a monologue on his show, the late night comedian opened the anti-Trump flood gates.
"Donald Trump, John Dickerson is a fair-minded journalist and one of the most competent people who will ever walk into your office, and you treat him like that," Colbert quipped. Close to 10 minutes later, the big guns came out.
"In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin's c—k holster," Colbert said. In mocking Trump, Colbert used what is deemed a homophobic slur to denigrate a political opponent.
One would think there would be a price to pay, but one would be wrong.
The Advocate, an LGBT publication, shrugged off the comment. After reminding readers that Colbert is a fierce LGBT ally, reporter Trudy Ring concluded that "most LGBT people are reserving their outrage for the real outrages."
Make no mistake; Trudy is right, but it is only by accident. Colbert should not be fired for his monologue. His show is fervently anti-Trump and he was delivering the red meat that grows an audience hungry to devour Trump. If that is what makes him a late-night giant, so be it.
If, however, Colbert's ratings begin the drop in the aftermath of this controversy and advertisers begin to part ways, CBS has every right to place the comedian in the free cheese line. It is not CBS' job to censor a comedian who is pulling in high ratings, it is up to viewers to censor him by not watching.
But wasn't Colbert's monologue homophobic? Doesn't it constitute an attack on the LGBT community?
Trudy Ring doesn't think so, and neither does this author. Comedians are supposed to be offensive, they are supposed to push the boundaries of civility. If we silence comedians for overstepping the line, do we not silence comedy? Have we become so thinned-skin that we cannot even laugh at ourselves?
The problem with Trudy, and those on the LGBT Left, is they are not giving Colbert a pass because it is the right thing to do. Instead, they are giving him a pass because he is supportive of the LGBT community and was attacking Trump. It is the same logic that says it is okay for African-Americans to use the n-word when talking to each other and it is the same logic that drives the Silent Majority nuts.
Think of all the other, often conservative, entertainers thrown to the wolves when the LGBT Left attacked. Where was this kind of principled understanding when Curt Schilling was sacked from ESPN?
Colbert shouldn't get a pass because he is attacking a political foe, he should get a pass because he is a comedian who is paid to be obnoxious. The LGBT Left should not only be principled when it comes to defending their allies, they should be principled in defending all speech. And Trump supporters need to remember that just because the Left has used such tactics to sack conservatives in the past (and likely in the future) does not mean it is right to use their playback against them.
Our nation needs to grow up and the LGBT community, frankly, needs to man up. Solving this problem is as easy as using your remote control.
Joseph Murray (@realJoeMurray) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. Previously, he was a campaign official for Pat Buchanan. He is the author of "Odd Man Out" and is administrator of the LGBTrump Facebook page.
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