Stephen Colbert and the Revolt Inside CBS Against a Trump Hire

As the saying goes, “ya can’t make it up.” And for once, Stephen Colbert isn’t laughing.

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Over there at NewsBusters, my NB colleague Tim Graham has a column that is, in fact, a look at the serious problems Americans have with the liberal media.

In this case the story revolves around the CBS decision to hire former Trump White House chief of staff and former GOP Congressman Mick Mulvaney as an analyst – obviously an analyst who would bring the conservative and pro-Trump point of view into CBS discussions on the political scene.

Cue the outrage.

Tim points to this headline in The Washington Post by the paper’s Jeremy Barr. The headline:

Turmoil at CBS News over Trump aide Mick Mulvaney’s punditry gig
A network executive said they want to hire more Republicans to gain ‘access’ ahead of a ‘likely’ Democratic midterm wipeout

Barr reports this:

“CBS News’s decision to hire former Trump administration official Mick Mulvaney as a paid on-air contributor is drawing backlash within the company because of his history of bashing the press and promoting the former president’s fact-free claims.

…The reaction from CBS News employees to Mulvaney’s hiring was as chilly as the reaction on social media, where many journalists and political commentators suggested that the network was jeopardizing its long history of journalistic excellence.”

And that was just behind the scenes. On air, CBS late night host Stephen Colbert used his own show to attack the hiring of Mulvaney. Said the supposed “comedian”:

“You know I’m a company man — I love CBS, our parent company Paramount, and its parent company, probably a defense contractor who makes b-ner pills, there’s no way of knowing.

Recently, my network got a lot of criticism, much of it from itself, because CBS News has hired the ex-president’s former chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to ‘provide political analysis across the network’s broadcasts and platforms.’”

And with that Colbert looked in the camera and said:

“What the f–k?”

In typical fashion, the far left ex-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who does not work at CBS, tweeted this to Colbert:

“Give them (CBS) a choice — keep him or [Mulvaney].”

Full stop here.

Make no mistake. What we are really seeing in this dust-up is confirmation that the liberal media is hell and gone from the objective reporting of news. All those at CBS protesting Mulvaney’s hire are not journalists, they are in reality hard left-wing activists.

This would be amusing if, in fact, it didn’t matter. But it does matter.

This fact of life of left-wing media bias is exactly why conservative media came into being. God bless him, the first to appear on the national scene and begin to turn the tide on this problem was our friend the late Rush Limbaugh. It was Rush who began to popularize talk radio. The person who recognized just how potent what Rush was doing was, was the late Roger Ailes, a friend of Rush. In essence, it was Roger Ailes, working with Rupert Murdoch, who built Fox News and made of television what Rush had done with radio.

A veritable galaxy of conservative media stars exploded on the American political scene, over the following decades, with those in the liberal media getting increasingly angry that what was once their left-wing media monopoly had vanished altogether. Pick a name on the scene in conservative media today – Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Jesse Watters and more, not to mention talk radio hosts holding forth in one American radio market after another across the land – and add the growing popularity of not just Fox but Newsmax and One America News – and the CBS staffer outrage is instantly explainable.

These people don’t see the hiring of ex-Trump chief of staffer Mick Mulvaney as bringing a “fair and balanced” style to their network. No, they see this as a political version of the old film classic “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” – in which aliens take over human bodies so the infected human becomes a “drone-like shadow of their former selves” (as the film’s description on Amazon reads.

In short? Mick Mulvaney may look like everybody else at CBS – the requisite head, two arms and two legs – but in fact he is nothing like anybody else at CBS. He is some sort of alien political infection who, in their view, should never be allowed in the front door. Heaven only knows how many CBS viewers could be infected by this alien.

As the saying goes, “ya can’t make it up.” And for once, Stephen Colbert isn’t laughing.

Which all by itself tells you everything you need to know about CBS.