Yesterday was a festival of fact-free paranoid nonsense. Members of President Donald Trump's team tried to defend his claim that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped his phones by embarking on weird pseudo-explanations of all the ways we can conduct surveillance. This culminated with Kellyanne Conway's absurd suggestion this weekend-which she more or less defended on the morning news shows Monday morning-that Obama might have spied on Trump and his campaign by turning his microwave into a camera.
This was too much for Stephen Colbert to pass up. If this is how to get in touch with Obama, who teleported to Richard Branson's private island after leaving office and has scarcely resurfaced, Colbert was going to take advantage:
Of course, Colbert's real aim was to demonstrate that some of the most prominent spokespeople for the president have no idea what they're talking about. That's true as far as these technical issues go, but also as it applies to speaking on behalf of the president. When Conway makes TV appearances, she is not presenting the White House's position, or indicating what it plans to do, because she has no idea what those things are-or will be by this time tomorrow. She and Sean Spicer and the rest are just a particularly motley crew of conscience-free automatons, whose only setting is "reflexively defend the president."
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