CNN host admits Colbert went “too far”

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CNN host Michael Smerconish blasted comedian Stephen Colbert over vulgar anti-Trump comments he made during Monday’s monologue, saying that “going low” is a counterproductive approach for liberals to accomplish their agenda.

During his Saturday show, he chastised the “Late Show” host’s distasteful Trump-Putin “cock holster” joke, saying it “crossed the line.”

“Consider Stephen Colbert’s monologue last Monday, the late-night comedian whose new show initially struggled, has sharpened his attacks against the newly elected president and he’s been rewarded with ratings,” Smerconish said. “But Monday he went too far with his Trump/Putin oral sex reference which crossed the line.

“That line might be suitable for, say, Real Time with Bill Maher, but not network television, the so-called Tiffany network, which used to be the programming gold standard,” Smerconish scolded, referencing CBS’s brand from several years ago.

Smerconish then went on to explain why the monologue was a bad move for Colbert.

“First, it was crass and in bad taste, quite a departure for the Sunday school teaching Colbert and a far cry from the democratic campaign mantra, ‘When they go low, we go high,'” Smerconish said. “But second, it’s foolish politics. On President Obama’s watch, the right lost credibility with all but themselves when they allowed their discomfort with President Obama’s background to devolve into charges of birtherism.”

He also warned that liberal intolerance “has a way of catching up with you politically.”

Smerconish added that the only beneficiary of progressives like Colbert touting “increasingly harsh rhetoric,” is Trump, who is “helped when he is no longer the bad-behaving outlier but the norm in a political atmosphere run amok.”

He argued his point that such irresponsible comments have the capacity to “alienate independents who might be swayed by the perception of a political pile-on.” And lastly, the CNN host advised the best way to beat Trump at his own game is to fight him with “substance, not his own style.”

H/T: Washington Examiner

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