Stephen Colbert has spent much of his time tracking Fox News over the years, but it's far less common for him to target CNN or MSNBC.
But that's what he did on Thursday night, after hosts in these networks aimed more at the appearance of former special envoy Robert Müller's hearing this week than the substance of his testimony.
"At the hearings, Mueller confirmed that the President of the United States was not" completely relieved, "as Trump has repeatedly claimed, the host said." Mueller also agreed that Trump blocked the investigation several times, Russia manipulated the elections in favor of Trump. And that the President welcomed this help, lied about their welcome and encouraged others to lie about it. "
" In short: BORING! "Added the moderator of the Late Show . "I suppose it must have been because the critics have decided. And they are pivoting Müller's performance. "
Colbert was not just referring to The New York Times and the AP headlines -" and he only has 35 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "he joked ̵
] and Lord of the Rings we should always ignore the old man's evil warnings, "the host said.
"This is a critical moment in our democracy," Colbert continued. "Of course, our loyal journalists focus on the essentials. And those are ratings, baby!
This time he referred to CNN media analyst Brian Stelter, who called the Muller hearing "dud" because he did not attract as many viewers as James Comey or Brett Kavanaugh. "You can appreciate the value of Muller's testimony not determined by ratings! "Colbert replied." If that were the case, then Avengers: Endgame would be President of the United States! "