Conservatives on Twitter are very unhappy about Stephen Colbert’s new job

Some of the most influential voices on right-wing Twitter are outraged by CBS's latest hire

Topics: Stephen Colbert, Twitter, CBS, David Letterman, Rush Limbaugh, Ben Shapiro, Breitbart, comedy central, Jon Stewart, , , ,

Conservatives on Twitter are very unhappy about Stephen Colbert's new jobStephen Colbert (Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

The big news on Thursday was the announcement that CBS has decided who it wants to succeed David Letterman as the host of “Late Show” after the legendary host steps down in 2015: current Comedy Central late-night host Stephen Colbert.

While many people responded to the news with pleasure and excitement, right-wing talk-radio king Rush Limbaugh was quick to offer his two cents, saying that Colbert’s hiring was a declaration of war on the American “heartland” by CBS.

And as a perusal of the right-wing Twitter community shows, Limbaugh was hardly the only conservative to greet Colbert’s promotion with anger and dismay. Indeed, the sentiment on the right in response to the news can be summarized like so: Stephen Colbert’s being chosen to succeed David Letterman shows that liberal media bias is real. And, also too, Colbert’s not funny, anyway.

Here are a few examples of what we mean:



Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro was especially upset, rattling off three anti-Colbert tweets:

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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