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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Noah Feldman on Colbert

Noah Feldman can officially be recognized as a celebrity law prof.  Within the course of one month he was subject to a caustic broadside from Leon Wieseltier in The New Republic and interviewed on the Colbert Report

The Colbert interview was particularly strange; it seemed to me that Colbert shed his TV persona when talking with Feldman.  He was often slipping out of character.  I've never seen this happen before and don't know how to explain it.  Did Colbert want to be particularly careful when discussing Islam (not that he was)?  Or was it something else about the topic?  Or something about Feldman?  Or was Colbert in shock from Donna Brazille's suggestive comments.  Whatever it was, it was a very unusual moment in Colbert history. 

Posted by Adam Levitin on May 6, 2008 at 11:37 AM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink


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i thought colbert slipped a lot too, but i enjoyed seeing the real stephen. i think why he wasn't in character is because he didn't have time to prepare his character's stance on this guest; his guest for that night canceled and he booked feldman last minute. normally he spends a while reading about the guest and making a judgment about them and decides how to deal with them.

Posted by: phoebe | Jun 14, 2008 10:54:26 PM

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