Colbert was mocking the “news” that Afghanistan has vast mineral untapped mineral deposits. It wasn’t news -- The New York Times’ James Risen got taken for a ride. (And boy, did he not take it well when bloggers let him know that the joke was on him!) We’ve known about these mineral deposits for years, yet Risen and the Times helped drive a story conveniently timed for last-minute congressional he...arings called by “shaken” Afghanistan war supporters. With the Times behind the story, Risen drove it all the way onto the cable networks, where he found Colbert and Jon Stewart waiting to mock without the “news” without mercy.
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