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Emanuel on “Colbert Report”: “Don’t Do It”

The Hill reports that Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) has told freshman members of Congress to steer clear of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” the satirical news show that has already made a mockery of many unwitting — and some not so unwitting — politicos.

For many members of Congress, the publicity that Colbert confers is too easy to resist, even with ample proof that they are not going to come through the experience looking any smarter. For example, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) got into a debate about the merits of throwing kittens in a wood chipper.

“He said don’t do it … it’s a risk and it’s probably safer not to do it,” said Rep. Steve Cohen, a freshman lawmaker from Tennessee who nevertheless taped a segment of Colbert’s “Better Know a District” series. Colbert asked Cohen whether he was a black woman. He isn’t.

As Variety’s Michael Learmonth reported last September, Nancy Pelosi even warned of the pitfalls of the show: “I wouldn’t recommend anyone going on that show. Don’t subject yourself to a comic’s edit unless you want to be made a fool of.”

But it doesn’t like Colbert will run out of willing participants anytime soon.

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