Kurtz: Media Would Have Their ‘Hair on Fire’ if Colbert Told Crude Joke About Obama
KURTZ: "Well, it was the silence that was deafening. Obviously, there was some criticism in the media. Ultimately I think this is not a matter for government but here you have late night host, they're almost all anti-Trump now except for Jimmy Fallon, you're making this incredibly crude joke about Putin and Trump and yet I didn’t hear a lot of the pieces written or a lot of talk on television about how he should apologize. Instead he had a very lame sort of non-apology. I didn’t hear a lot of denunciation. I think a lot of people in the mainstream media, they're like, 'Yeah, sure, it's Trump. Everything goes.' I think the standards have shifted. If this kind of joke was made about Barack Obama there would have been a lot more people with their hair on fire. That to me was more telling than whether this government agency takes action or not action."