We noticed it only superficially, at first. We'd spot a story we'd suggested under the byline of a more respected male colleague. Other times, one of us would be asked to rewrite somebody else's sloppy draft -- only to notice how he rose above us on the masthead.
Getting mostly cheers and applause, when not preceded by laughter, is a good indicator that what a comedian is saying may be very wise, but not funny. That, in a nutshell, is my problem with George Carlin.