Due to their taping schedules, Comedy Central’s fake news programs couldn’t react to Tuesday’s debates until last night. But The Daily Show and The Colbert Report made up for being a day late with sharp segments that focused on the event’s major moments – binders or no binders.
Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert took a few minutes to dissect the debate’s most controversial exchange, which came when the candidates were discussing September’s attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Governor Romney alleged that President Obama took two weeks to call the incident an “act of terror,” but Obama argued that he had used that phrase in a speech given the day after the attack. Moderator Candy Crowley backed the president when he asked her to look at the transcript of his remarks – though she also said Romney was correct to say that Obama’s administration took two weeks to confirm that the attack was not the result of a spontaneous riot.
Stewart said that Obama had ushered Romney into “some weird, nitpicky semantic trap” – though the president did mention “acts of terror” the day after the attack, the label was applied indirectly. He likened the president’s actions to the Road Runner urging Wile E. Coyote to run toward an apparent doorway that’s really just “paint on a rock.”
Colbert, on the other hand, expressed
mock disappointment at the way Romney was shot down, then echoed the reaction of Fox News pundits: “The time for fact checking is after the event, when voters have stopped watching! We should not be sullying their emotional reactions with accuracy!”
Get both reactions – one ironically gleeful, the other ironically devastated – here: