Seven staffers of far-left Late Show host Stephen Colbert were arrested last week at the Capitol for unlawful entry as they likely attempted to harass Republicans. Since the news broke late on Friday, an embarrassed CBS has allowed just 65 seconds total. All of it on CBS Saturday Morning . The network didn’t return to the incident over the weekend or on Monday.
CBS Morning hosts Gayle King, Tony Dokoupil and Nate Burleson love to play clips of Colbert, but they allowed no recap on Monday. ABC allowed similarly skimpy coverage. Just 25 seconds on Saturday’s Good Morning America . NBC has ignored it.
On CBS Saturday Morning, co-host Michelle Miller tried to soften the blow by making jokes, noting that one of the detained was Robert Smiegel, the man behind Triumph the Insult Comic: And Triumph the Insult Comic dog is accused of running afoul of the law. U.S. Capitol Police arrested seven members of a TV production team in a congressional office building Thursday night and charged them with unlawful entry. The team, which includes comedy writer Robert Smigel, was working on a segment featuring the Triumph character for CBS’s The Late Show. According to a CBS statement, the team has been conducting authorized and pre-arranged interviews in congressional members’ offices, but was detained when they were filming in the hallways. Capitol police say additional charges could be filed. The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.
Co-host Jeff Glor joked, “Triumph is an old, happy dog. Dog that’s temporarily in trouble.”
ABC, perhaps because they don’t have Colbert on the payroll, was less joke-y about the seriousness of it all. Here’s all of coverage from Saturday’s GMA :
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