On April 10, 2014, CBS announced that Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman when he retires as host of the Late Show in 2015.
The decision has been widely regarded as a smart move. Colbert has a devoted following consisting mostly of the crucial 20-45 advertising group, differs greatly from his future rival, NBC's Jimmy Fallon, and is young enough that he could potentially be holding the job for twenty years or more.
Unfortunately, this is the age in which the Tea Party and its infotainment media have decreed that everything must be a partisan political topic. To that end, Rush Limbaugh has said of the deal that "CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America".
"No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatives," said Limbaugh. "Now it's just going to be wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny and a redefinition of what is comedy."
Of course, this is the man who thought referring to brothels as "women's museums" and telling birth control advocates to put sex tapes online so he can watch them was comedy.
Back in that pesky reality, the vast majority of Americans, including many in the Heartland Limbaugh enjoys pretending he represents from the comfort of his mansion, are not so devoted to the party that they forbid anything not be political.
Limbaugh and his ilk have already declared all of Hollywood to be mouth pieces for the Democratic party anyway. CBS did the smart thing; Limbaugh's audience already refuses to watch anything other than Fox News anyway.