The Deseret News coverage of Stephen Colbert’s report of “Yahweh or No way, Mormons and God’s polling numbers” had, in my mind, a perfect introduction. It reads “When it comes to comedy, the line between satire and misinformation can be a thin one.” The article then talks about the coverage of the Obama Administration using the word ‘weird’ against the Mitt Romney Presidential campaign.
At first, Colbert seemed a little defensive of the LDS church, and how inaccurate ad misleading the word ‘weird’ is in a professional sense. Then his satire gets more dense as he starts to hamper on the LDS church’s “I’m a Mormon” campaign in their PR department. It is still visible that Colbert is trying to be a balanced; but it becomes more obvious that he is more critical of the campaign of the church than he is defending Obama’s “weird” notion of the Presidential campaign.
Of course Colbert is slightly biased in his criticisms and comments, but he mentioned that he was Catholic, and for me that stabilized his credibility to even be addressing a religious subject. There are biases in all things, but this one in particular seemed to be just poking fun and making a joke.
The Deseret News coverage on the piece was a little more geared towards the inaccuracy of his comments and outside opinions of those who also had some sort of literacy into the situation.