I don’t get to stay up late at night if I’m subbing for John at WSHC the next morning, so I didn’t see Stephen Colbert‘s show until this morning when I returned from the broadcast. I was glad to see he had Bill Moyers on as a guest… Moyers, after two years being away from television, is coming back this month with a new series, Moyers & Co., on Public Broadcasting.
He’s coming back because of his worries about where the moneyed corporations at the top are taking a government which, given their super PACs and lobbyists (and major office holders), have spent 30 years destroying the Middle Class.
Colbert, of course, did all he could to trap Moyers with his pseudo conservative comments (while letting Bill get in the information he wanted to get across), and the discussion came around to whether corporations were people a la the Citizens United decision.
Moyers caught him with a great comment, stating that a friend of his told him:
“He’ll believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one.”
Audience applause of course… and Colbert skipped a beat trying to come back with a remark.
In a five-to-one decision, the Federal Election Commission granted comedian Stephen Colbert the right to create a “SuperPAC” to raise money for the 2012 election campaign. This would make him an equivalent to people like Karl Rove who are attempting to influence the elections.
But the FEC also concluded that the television host’s employer, Viacom Corp., would have to report any help it gives to Colbert for political activities outside the “Colbert Report” show. The panel gave the newly registered “Colbert Super PAC” a relatively narrow media exemption applicable only to the humorist’s show. Any assistance from Viacom outside the show must be treated as “in-kind” contributions and reported to the FEC.
Since the 2010 Supreme Court decision allowing unfettered corporate spending in elections, Super PACs like Colbert’s now number over 100. They didn’t exist before the Court’s decision (a point Colbert seems to be making in a comic way.)
“Some people have said, ‘Is this some kind of joke?’ I for one don’t think participating in democracy is a joke.”
..said Colbert to the crowd afterward. When a reporter asked him when the first ad would run, Colbert Responded:
“I’ve got to get some money first.”
Go HERE and listen to his very funny address.
…and congratulations to graduates everywhere.
- Northwestern Grad Stephen Colbert Comes to Evanston’s Ryan Field on Friday! (chicagonow.com)
- Stephen Colbert Has Some Advice for Republicans Looking for the Youth Vote [Video] (gawker.com)
- Northwestern to give honorary degree to Colbert (pbpulse.com)
- Northwestern to Give Honorary Degree to Colbert (abcnews.go.com)
- Article: Stephen Colbert Showed ‘Great Wit’ as Part of ’80s Improv Group at NU. (colbertnewshub.wordpress.com)
- Dem Rep. Blasts Stephen Colbert’s Forthcoming Testimony (huffingtonpost.com)
- Stephen Colbert to testify on Capitol Hill (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Stephen Colbert to Testify Before House Committee on Immigration (politicsdaily.com)
- NO JOKE?: Colbert to appear before Congress (politico.com)
- GOP Rep. Chaffetz: Colbert is ‘Fake Newscaster’ for ‘Fake Hearing’ (blogs.abcnews.com)
If you didn’t. check out the HuffPo article below:
- Stewart, Colbert: ‘Rally To Restore Sanity’ vs. ‘March To Keep Fear Alive’ (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Stewart, Colbert to Hold D.C. Rallies (cbsnews.com)
- Jon Stewart Announces ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’ (blogs.forbes.com)
- Stewart and Colbert announce ‘Rally To Restore Sanity’ and ‘March To Keep Fear Alive’ (inquisitr.com)