Apparently it has been scientifically proven that Republicans don’t understand that Stephen Colbert is joking:
This study investigated biased message processing of political satire in The Colbert Report and the influence of political ideology on perceptions of Stephen Colbert. Results indicate that political ideology influences biased processing of ambiguous political messages and source in late-night comedy. Using data from an experiment (N = 332), we found that individual-level political ideology significantly predicted perceptions of Colbert’s political ideology. Additionally, there was no significant difference between the groups in thinking Colbert was funny, but conservatives were more likely to report that Colbert only pretends to be joking and genuinely meant what he said while liberals were more likely to report that Colbert used satire and was not serious when offering political statements. Conservatism also significantly predicted perceptions that Colbert disliked liberalism. Finally, a post hoc analysis revealed that perceptions of Colbert’s political opinions fully mediated the relationship between political ideology and individual-level opinion.
In a semi related story, Rush Limbaugh often says outrageous things and literally will attack Obama about everything. Sadly, he is almost always taken seriously by his delusional listeners . But sometimes you just have to give him a little credit. Like today:
Obama goes to Mexico–they get bird flu.
That is just funny line, you have to admit.