Stephen Colbert Draws on Shakespeare and Beckett to Mock CNN

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May 2 2014 10:48 AM

Stephen Colbert Draws on Shakespeare and Beckett to Mock CNN

Here’s hoping that when Stephen Colbert leaves Comedy Central for CBS next year, he doesn’t leave behind his bookish allusions. Last night, in a bit mocking the latest CNN coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, he quoted a familiar line from Macbeth, then upped the literary ante by noting the impending report from correspondent Godot.

He even pronounced the correspondent’s name in the original manner. If there is a more apt way to highlight the absurdity of CNN’s latest round of reports, I can’t think of it.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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