My Work Cited on the Colbert Report!

Thanks to those of you who informed me that an article I wrote a few months ago about the neo-conservative role in promoting the Iran divestment campaign was not only cited, but actually appeared (however briefly), on the Colbert Report Thursday. It was used by Colbert to introduce his interview of Center for Security Policy president and hawk extraordinaire Frank Gaffney (who now owes me big time). You can see the segment after the jump; the article makes its appearance at 4:47.  Here is a screen capture.

It’s too bad that Colbert didn’t follow up on the point of the article; namely, that the divestment campaign is designed to reduce the chances of serious engagement between Washington and Tehran, thus making war more likely, rather than less so. As a result, Gaffney was (kind of) able to pose as someone who is trying to prevent war as opposed to someone whose fervent hope no doubt is that Bush will indeed attack Iran before the end of his term.

But, hey, aside from being quoted by Steve Clemons on his, this is far and away the biggest thing to happen to me on a U.S.¬†electronic mass medium since Marvin Kalb led the evening news back in 1984 with a colloquy between then-State Department spokesman Alan Romberg and me about Henry Kissinger’s visit to the Department amid fevered media speculation at the time regarding George Shultz’s continued tenure on the seventh floor. That was almost as funny as Colbert.

Jim Lobe

Jim Lobe served for some 30 years as the Washington DC bureau chief for Inter Press Service and is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy and the influence of the neoconservative movement.



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