In my July blog post for The Baltimore Sun/b the Site's Ridiculous Report I lamented the fact that GOP candidate Herman Cain cancelled his interview appearance on The Colbert Report. While Cain is not a serious contender for the GOP nomination, the publicity the appearance would have generated is something not to be passed up.
At the same time, these interviews are often the least watched segments of both programs, with viewers primarily taking interest in watching the upfront news segments. Jon Stewart's Thursday interview with Senator Dick Durbin is a bit of an exception to the rule. The actual interview exchange offers some serious commentary on the state of Congress, the national debt, and the American economy. Plus, both the original on-air interview and the extended portions (parts 2 and 3 available only online) have already been accessed by a significant number online viewers since the Thursday evening broadcast. Seems Americans are still interested in hearing more about the debt controversy even after all of the frustration surrounding the intense, down to the wire legislative debate.
Parts 2 and 3 offer some interesting commentary about war spending and campaign finance reform.
To get caught up on the fundamentals of the debt debate in a serious yet engaging way and to hear more about defense spending and campaign finance reform, take a look at the original interview and extended segments.