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Barack Obama and David Simon: a Daily Show/Colbert Report Double-Header

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 We all knew Obama would do a telecast interview on The Daily Show tonight, an appearance perhaps eclipsed by his 30-minute infomercial. But it surprised me to see Baltimore’s finest David Simon follow suit on The Colbert Report. What was the hook for Simon’s appearance? The Generation Kill mini-series ended this summer, with little fanfare. There was no mention of his new New Orleans-set project. Colbert was struggling to make the interview relevant. He seized upon David Simon’s characters that defy easy protagonist/antagonist classification and his critiques of a capitalist culture that requires institutions to “do more with less.”

“Barack Obama says he loves your show: is that because you’re a socialist,” Colbert dead-panned. That segewayed into a more substantive defense of progressive taxation.

Colbert hit a nerve talking about how Simon resented the prize-obsessed world of newspaper journalism. That’s why you went into TV then, Colbert said, taunting, because we don’t care about prizes at all. You know Simon has to be somewhat bitter about the lack of Emmy recognition for The Wire. Maybe he himself was Pulitzer Prize-obsessed while at The Sun, so he had to leave before that impulse got the better of him.

He’s proud to be one of the first on the 200+ plus Sun newroom staffers who have taken buy-outs over the past 15 years. So in some vague way we’re part of the same club.

“Journalism kind of spit me out,” Simon said.

Written by baltimoregon

October 30, 2008 at 12:32 am

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  1. FYI

    Simon has two Emmys, according to IMDB. One for writing “The Corner” and another for producing it. Apparently, he’s not so obsessed with prizes that he bothered to mention it and instead played along with the humor. It’s a comedy show, after all.

    not really

    October 30, 2008 at 9:15 am

  2. You’re right, my bad. But I was just specifically thinking about the lack of Emmy recognition for “The Wire,” which seemed to touch a nerve.


    October 30, 2008 at 10:05 am

  3. is that simon or Herc?


    November 13, 2008 at 4:39 pm

  4. Ha they do have that same broad brooding face. You’re sure doing a lot of back-posting today, rd:)


    November 13, 2008 at 5:32 pm

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