UPDATE: my mother, the former intrepid journalist, emailed me on Colbert:
Can you believe how great this guy was---and can you believe how many stories have been written by the msm on how "out of line" and "unfunny" he was?? Oh my, he really let those flacks have it, didn't he?
Just when you think there's no hope at all, someone actually gets in front of the Washington powers and press (I've attended that function several times, by the way) and quite simply pulverizes them with the most deliciously devastating irony I think I've ever seen or read.
Nicely said, Mer! Would that there were more like you were.
UPDATE 2: Of course, the NYT (your favorite "liberal" newspaper) didn't even mention Colbert---by any reasonable standards, the story of the evening---in its coverage of the dinner. Benj notes that that's because "Kneepads" Bumiller wrote the article.