Colbert pokes fun at CNN’s John King over ‘dark-skinned male’ report

By David Ferguson
Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:21 EDT
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On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert lampooned the major news networks’ mishandling of claims on Wednesday that authorities had a suspect in custody in the Boston bombing, particularly CNN’s John King, who was wrongly informed that a “dark-skinned male” had been taken into custody and charged with the crimes.

Colbert began by informing the audience that letters containing the poison Ricin were sent to President Barack Obama and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker (R).

“Sadly, when you’re in the public eye, this stuff happens,” Colbert, said, “which is why I never open my own email.”

He went on to poke fun at the cascading set of errors that led to all of the major news outlets giving conflicting reports on Wednesday regarding the non-arrest of a suspect in the Boston bombing.

While most networks maintained the stance that they were unsure of whether a suspect was in custody, CNN spent hours claiming that someone had been arrested.

Former “State of the Nation” host John King even went so far as to offer a description of the suspect, a “dark-skinned male.”

“So,” quipped Colbert, “no arrests, but at least we have not wasted any precious time not being suspicious of dark-skinned males.”

Watch the video, embedded via Comedy Central, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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