05/03/2006 10:46 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The New York Times Arrives Safely Late to the Colbert Affair

So the Times today--four days after the fact--finally gets around to acknowledging Stephen Colbert performed at Saturday night's White House Correspondents Assocation dinner and that his performance set off a feverish online debate. (You don't say.) Of course, the center of the online storm, driven by liberals, revolved around how the MSM universally ignored Colbert's performance, in part, because he deftly mocked the assembled press corps for its shrieking timidity during the Bush years, although today's Times dutifully kept that part vague.

The article does note Colbert's sharp-edged routine had "become one of the most hotly debated topics in the politically charged blogosphere." Here's the headline, "After Press Dinner, the Blogosphere Is Alive With the Sound of Colbert Chatter." So the article includes lots of quotes from liberal blogs spelling out their charges, right?

Wrong. The only blog entry the Times quotes is from the centrist New Republic which dismissed the whole controversy, insisting Colbert was ignored because he was simply unfunny. Rest assured Times readers, nothing to see here.