I was actually able to stay awake Wednesday night to catch not only Stephen Colbert, but also Seth Meyers.
Once again, Colbert was on target, this time in dealing with the passage of the Republican bill destroying our privacy on the internet and letting the giant corporations who provide our access the right to sell our browsing history.
From the New York Times:
"A day after House Republicans voted to let internet companies sell customers’ browsing information without permission, Stephen Colbert led the late-night blowback.
'I guarantee you there’s not one person, not one voter of any political stripe anywhere in America, who asked for this. No one in America stood up in a town hall and said, ‘Sir, I demand you let somebody else make money off my shameful desires. Maybe blackmail me someday!’ — STEPHEN COLBERT
'I can’t believe they’re publicly taking the side of big internet cable companies. Taking the side of a cable company? The only thing less popular would be if they passed a bill allowing traffic jams to call you during dinner, to give you gonorrhea.' — STEPHEN COLBERT"
Compare that to how Meyers handled it.
Meyers can be counted on to be rather hard-hitting when it comes to Trump. At times his treatments are more strident and less funny.
And yet, watching his treatment of the Republican's sell-your-privacy bill, I came away thinking that it was rather lame.
And, apparently, I'm not the only one.
Again, from the New York Times:
"Seth Meyers was more blasé about the bill’s passage. He said he hadn’t really believed internet privacy existed anyway.
'The House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill that would reduce internet privacy protections. Wait, there are internet privacy protections? Yesterday I thought about a sweater, and an ad for it popped up on Facebook.' — SETH MEYERS"
Not exactly a direct hit.
Hard not to believe such a soft jab had something to do with the fact that NBC's owner, Comcast, is the nation's biggest internet provider and lobbied vigorously to get the GOP bill passed.
Kind of weakens Meyers' credibility, making him look more like some entertainment blow-jobber posing as a journalist riding the wave of disgust about Trump for bigger profits for Comcast.
UPDATE: As promised, here's the Thursday bit, about 4:50 into the video.