Our media knows what is really important

French president Francois Hollande made a state visit to the US. The Daily Show looks at the coverage of the visit by our esteemed media who clearly have a good grasp on the important issues at play during the visit and what the public needs to know.

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It turn out that Stephen Colbert solved the etiquette crisis by sitting next to Michelle Obama. Colbert also discusses the obsession of reporters with the food served at the White House.

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(This clip aired on February 12, 2014.)

It s good to know that our reporters are really on the ball.


  1. says

    Thank you, that was hysterical 🙂
    Though to be honest, I have to say that our French media didn’t handle this visit much better. They too devoted an inordinate amount of time to such things as etiquette, table arrangements and so on. Economic and political issues didn’t seem to excite as much interest. Few even gave a hard look at the awkwardness of France’s position as USA’s (and specifically the Democrat president Obama’s) ally in the light of the Snowden revelations.

  2. robyn slinger says

    Amusingly, Stephen Colbert was described in the French newspaper Le Figaro as “a rather conservative comedian” (“un humoriste plutôt conservateur”).

  3. Mano Singham says


    That’s funny. But considering that many conservatives in the US also think he is one of them, it just shows that he manages to stay in character pretty well.

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