Not since Caligula appointed his horse to the Senate has there been such effrontery! From Maureen Dowd’s profile of Colbert & Stewart in Rolling Stone:
I thought Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert might be a little nervous to meet with me. I was the real news commentator, after all, and they were the mock. They threw spitballs at presidents; I interviewed presidents before throwing spitballs at them. I had crisscrossed the globe to cover news stories, while these guys just put on dark suits and threw up imported backgrounds on a green screen. No doubt they would try to impress me with some weighty discussion about world affairs or the midterm elections. But when I walked into Colbert’s office at The Colbert Report, just off Tenth Avenue in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, the two barely acknowledged me.