Colbert 101

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 11 2012 @ 7:46pm

Paul Farhi discovers that the faux news pundit is well covered within the academic world:

"The Irony of Satire: Political Ideology and the Motivation to See What You Want to See in The Colbert Report," a 2009 study in the International Journal of Press/Politics that its authors described as an investigation of "biased message processing" and "the influence of political ideology on perceptions of Stephen Colbert." After much study, the authors found "no significant difference between [conservatives and liberals] in thinking Colbert was funny."

Which speaks well of conservatives, it seems to me, given that Stephen is a parody of their excesses.