"Satire is a matter of period. It flourishes in a stable society and presupposes homogeneous moral standards. It is aimed at inconsistency and hypocrisy. The artist’s only service to the disintegrated society of today is to create little independent systems of order of his own.
From ”Fan-Fare" in LIFE magazine April 18th, 1946
That’s why liberals and conservatives alike find Colbert funny.
""Newt Gingrich crushed Mitt Romney on Saturday. After disappointing showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, Newt’s campaign looked terminally ill, which is generally when he moves on to something better." —Stephen Colbert"
— 1/23/12 episode