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Stephen Colbert has won another Peabody Prize. The winners of the George Foster Peabody Awards were announced Wednesday morning. As explained on the Peabody site, each winner must receive a unanimous vote from the entire board. And as you can see from the list below, entertainment programs are just one of the categories that the Peabody board considers. I think the fact that more than a dozen people with disparate tastes and interests found all these programs worthy of commendation speaks to the extraordinary quality of all 38 winners.
Peabody writeup: Launching his own SuperPAC as a satirical protest against megabucks politics, Colbert mixed cerebral comedy with inspired sight gags, interviews and preposterously funny monologues. Mo comments: "The Colbert Report" wins a Peabody Award for several 2011 episodes that focus on the creation of his Colbert SuperPAC, a vehicle he has used to wittily and yet thoroughly expose the darker and scarier corners of campaign finance. If nothing else, winning a second Peabody will allow Colbert to once again celebrate the "Turducken of awards." Source.
This is fantastic. Steven Colbert's writing is some of the best political satire on television (or anywhere else for that matter). The SuperPac coverage on his television program has been a great educational process (with great comedy) in learning the intricacies and loopholes in election finance law-- usually a byzantine and coma inducing topic. This year Steven Colbert produced several television spot ads that ran during the Republican South Carolina primaries, and had former presidential candidate Herman Cain appear at a "campaign" stop in Charleston. The Colbert Report's writing is consistently good (IMHO) and considering they have to produce nearly four hours of content a week, it makes Saturday Night Live seem tepid by comparison.