I was shocked to find that the author of this article is a self-identified journalist.
These two parts of his article don't go together.
While Colbert would have his devoted fans abandon politics until summoned again by a quivering trumpet, those who are not his fans — Republicans, not to put too fine a point on it
This disrespect for the common life, this indifference to truth, this counsel of surrender, Stephen Colbert, is how a republic dies.
His point wasn't to be indifferent to truth. The truth doesn't lie in the perspective of one group of people.
I've watched that Colbert piece over half a dozen times at least. He was fair to say that both sides were terrified of the other side and gave statistics. His point was about not demonizing the other side. It was about trying to find common ground in a widely divisive population.