by Robert Pondiscio
October 6th, 2009

A-Rus at This Week in Education looks at blogosphere reactions to Arne Duncan’s sit-down with Stephen Colbert and sees a pattern:  Everyone pans Colbert for lobbing softball questions at the Ed Secretary.  Huh?!?

Yes, more and more of us take our news and cues from The Daily Show, Colbert and late night comics.  I get it.  But have we really gotten to the point where we expect comedians to play Mike Wallace?  And are we really disappointed when they fail?


  1. The problem is that, in many cases, the comedians have stepped into the void. People now hold them to higher expectations

    Comment by Claus — October 6, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

  2. I agree that it’s a problem. But not the comedians’ problem.

    Comment by Robert Pondiscio — October 6, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

  3. From Lenny Bruce to Richard Pryor to Chris Rock, comedians have always “filled the void”. This is nothing new.

    And it’s not a “problem”.

    Comment by Shelly — October 6, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

  4. I don’t expect Colbert to be a legitimate journalist, but he usually does try to trip people up and create awkward situations. At the very least he’ll act belligerent and stupid and make the guest fight through it and prove their worth.

    But the questions he asked Duncan were, for the most part, neither hard nor funny.

    Comment by Corey — October 6, 2009 @ 9:45 pm

  5. I just saw the interview –my first glimpse of Duncan speaking. He did not strike me as an intellectual heavyweight.

    Comment by Ben F — October 7, 2009 @ 1:10 am

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