Rush Limbaugh framed CBS’s decision to replace retiring “Late Show” host David Letterman with professional conservative skewer Stephen Colbert in some decidedly apocalyptic terms.
“CBS has just declared war on the Heartland of America,” Limbaugh said Thursday on his radio show. “No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values. Now it’s just wide out in the open.”
“What this hire means is a redefinition of what is “funny” and a redefinition of what is comedy,” he continued. “It’s the media planting a flag here. I think it’s maybe the media’s last stand, but it’s a declaration. There’s no unity in this hire. They’ve hired a partisan, so-called comedian to run a comedy show.”
Colbert, for the record, will be dropping his Comedy Central character, a parody of modern U.S. conservatism, for the “Late Show” gig.