David Carr has a NYT column today on Stephen Colbert, contrasting his popularity with the network newscasts: "The incipient generation of news consumers has made it clear that it does not want to see a bunch of guys with really nice neckware standing on the White House lawn talking about what they did not learn in the press room behind them and then flick at 'sources' who suggest that 'one thing is clear.'"
That strikes me as a little glib, though young people have little interest in the Brian, Charlie and Katie newscasts. I devote a chapter of REALITY SHOW to Colbert and Jon Stewart, explaining how they are having an influence on the traditional newscasts. Colbert's appearance on Meet the Press is a case in point.
I'm taping an interview this week for Tim Russert's MSNBC show; the other half, as I understand it, will be devoted to Colbert. I wonder which part will be funnier.