Apparently, political comedian Stephen Colbert found Noah Ritter’s interview with WNEP-TV that went viral on the Internet and became the subject of national media coverage this week too good to pass up for a comedy bit.
“This kid is a natural-born newsman,” Colbert deadpanned, comparing aspects of the 5-year-old’s appeal to the likes of Walter Cronkite and other famous newscasters.
Ritter’s animated interview with WNEP-TV reporter Sofia Ojeda at the Wayne County Fair became an overnight sensation, with clips appearing on entertainment websites BuzzFeed and Gawker and Ritter being interviewed on “Good Morning America” and other national programs.
WNEP’s video clip of the interview on YouTube has had 9.2 million views as of Thursday night.
Ritter, of Pottstown, is staying with his grandparents, Kathy and Jack Borowski, at their home in Wilkes-Barre for the summer before he starts kindergarten later this month.
Slugging his three-minute segment “News Anchor Baby,” which was featured on Monday’s edition of The Colbert Report, Colbert feigned astonishment with Noah’s made-for-TV presence. He finally used Ritter’s penchant for use of the word “apparently” to poke fun at conservative news commentator Sean Hannity.
“That is the sort of senseless repetition that marks a real news legend like Sean Hannity,” Colbert said before showing a string of video clips in which Hannity used the word “literally” over and over.
Hannity didn’t much care for the comparison, according to an interview he had with TVNewser.
When asked how he handles being disected by late-night comedians, Hannity told TVNewser that Colbert isn’t as funny as Jon Stewart, that terrorism is an issue that isn’t funny, that he didn’t and won’t see Colbert’s “News Anchor Baby” bit and that he doesn’t care about it.