Ridicule and contempt An imperial president is smothering the system of checks and balances, imperiling free speech

"The most scathing public critique of the Bush presidency and the complicity of a craven press corps was delivered at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday by a comedian. Bush was reported afterwards to be seething, while the press corps responded with stone-cold silence. In many of their reports of the event they airbrushed out the joker." Blumenthal reveals a media hypocrisy by those who would distance themselves from Colbert's ridiculing of Bush while allowing Bush to trample all over freedom of the press.


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