Late-night host Stephen Colbert’s latest attempt at comedy included a heavily doctored effort at humiliating Fox News and an apparent total disregard for what a settlement actually means with a “forced” apology.
Following the announcement that Fox News had settled with Dominion Voting Systems after the company had filed a $1.6 billion defamation suit against the network, leftists have had to cope with the fact that they wouldn’t get to see a lengthy trial with gotcha testimonies. That hasn’t stopped those who refuse to entertain even the slightest possibility of error in the 2020 presidential election from claiming a victory.
For CBS’s “Late Show” host, that meant slamming the cable news network for causing “damage” to the United States with a fabricated apology video.
“Fox News is out of a whole lot of money,” Colbert said of the approximately $787 million settlement, “but they’re not telling their viewers any of that and they don’t have to because the settlement does not force them to own up to the damage they did to our country or apologize on their network.”
“So-” he paused as the audience booed “-we feel the same way. So we’ve decided to make them apologize on our network.”
It was then that an edited video featuring Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and others played, splicing together words to form a statement.
“Before we go tonight, we want to say we’re sorry to Dominion and to the American people. We here at Fox News lied to you about the 2020 election, repeatedly and consistently. We admit that we are guilty of amplifying those voices, insane people like this guy: Hello, I’m Mike Lindell. A guy like this is given a platform because we want to make sure when you are watching Fox News, it will make you dumber. My original MySlippers are back in stock. Please take us off television before we allow these crooks to turn our country into dumps,” the video ended on the voice of former President Donald Trump, “big, massive dumps.”
Colbert’s’ shoddy attempt to dunk on Fox News disregarded the statement released by the network with word of the settlement where they expressed, “This settlement reflects Fox’s continued commitment to the highest journalistic standards. We are hopeful that our decision to resolve the dispute with Dominion amicably instead of the acrimony of a divisive trial, allows the country to move forward from these issues.”
The same was true of CNN’s Jake Tapper when he initially reported on the settlement snickering and grinning throughout and admitting, “I’m sorry. This is gonna be difficult to say with a straight face.”
CNN's Jake Tapper goes full hypocritehttps://t.co/DvypqqJTTP
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) April 19, 2023
As had been reported, Tapper’s condescension seemed to forget that his own network had settled its own $275 million suit filed by then-Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann. Some social media users were eager to expose Colbert’s obvious oversight in failing to point out that network’s “lies.”
Remember when he called out CNN for all their lies?
— VonPhul (@BaronVonPhul) April 20, 2023
Still not real and not funny. Spare me
— Mike Walsh (@stxwalsh) April 20, 2023
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