If you missed it last night, here it is:
- You: Stewart/O’Reilly Livestream Crashes (thedailybeast.com)
- Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly – “The Rumble in the Air Conditioned Auditorium” – Big Healthcare Discussion at the End About A Single Payer System – Video (ducknetweb.blogspot.com)
- O’Reilly, Stewart tangle in mock debate (news.yahoo.com)
- Watch: Jon Stewart debates ‘mayor of bullsh*t mountain’ Bill O’Reilly (rawstory.com)
- O’Reilly vs. Stewart: 10 best lines (popwatch.ew.com)
Don’t forget… there’s a Bill O’Reilly vs. Jon Stewart Debate on October 6. It costs $4.95 to hear the 90 minute show live. Hey…cheaper than the movies and probably more entertaining!
- Fox News Tries To Ambush Jon Stewart On Television. They Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That. (upworthy.com)
- Video: Jon Stewart to Debate Bill O’Reilly Oct. 6 (boiseweekly.com)
- Stewart: 47% Gaffe Turns Fox Into ‘Bulls#%t Mountain’ (newser.com)
- Bill O’Reilly Announces 90-Minute Debate Against Jon Stewart (perezhilton.com)
- Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart to debate (politico.com)
- Would you pay $4.95 to see Jon Stewart debate Bill O’Reilly? Who will win? (allday.today.com)
Last night on Comedy Central Stephen Colbert announced “an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork” for his “possible candidacy for president of the United States of South Carolina.”Of course, this came after polls for the SC primary showed him first at 5%, then at 7%.
The PAC is already buying up television air time in South Carolina. They’ve purchased nearly $10,000 worth of time on a broadcast station in the Charleston, S.C. area between Jan. 15 and Jan. 19, and according to a South Carolina news web site, the Palmetto Public Record, Citizens for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow is also reportedly “negotiating a substantial media buy in the Columbia market.”
This is all so much more substantial than watching the other candidates as they attack each other for things that each of them do anyway.
Since there are no write-ins in South Carolina, being able to vote for Colbert may not be possible. This will cause a media brouhaha…just wait.
- Should Stephen Colbert Run for President? (usnews.com)
- Colbert Transfers Power To Stewart, Preps 2012 Run (huffingtonpost.com)
- Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC Has Already Snapped Up $10,000 Of Ad Time In South Carolina (businessinsider.com)
- WATCH: Colbert Makes Huge Campaign Announcement (huffingtonpost.com)
- Stephen Colbert Hands His PAC To Jon Stewart And Announces He Will Explore Run For Presidency (businessinsider.com)
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)
Comedian Mike DeStefano, best known for his stint on last season’s installment of Last Comic Standing, died yesterday of a heart attack at age 44.
In a statement, his representative said: “We are indeed incredibly saddened by the loss of this amazing man. He had touched the lives of many with his unique brand of comedy and was looking forward to sharing the same with so many more. Mostly, we will all miss his huge heart and incredibly loving and selfless passion for people. Our friend Mike DeStefano passed away on March 6.”
A former heroin addict, DeStefano had been clean for 11 years as well as HIV positive at the time of his death. Prior to competing on “Last Comic Standing,” the Bronx native had appeared on other shows, including “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and Comedy Central‘s “Live at Gotham.” The comic was set to take his one-man show “A Cherry Tree” back to his home borough on Wednesday. He had also recently wrapped up a line of sold-out shows called “Drugs, Disease and Death: A Comedy.”
- ‘Last Comic Standing’ finalist Mike DeStefano dies (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- Mike DeStefano, ‘Last Comic Standing’ Finalist, Dies after Heart Attack (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- ‘Last Comic Standing’ finalist Mike DeStefano dies of a heart attack (inquisitr.com)
- ‘Last Comic Standing’ hopeful Mike DeStefano dies (pbpulse.com)
Oh yeah… go out and vote.
It’s on Comedy Central and it’s on C-SPAN and my big flatscreen TV is almost like being there (and I can get at the refrigerator.) So I’m watching the musical performers, the giving out of Medals of Reasonableness and the fooling around of Colbert and Stewart.
There are, as I understand, about 150,000 people there – the NY Times says over 200,000 – (the camera view stretches from the Capitol end of the Mall (the stage is between the the Contemporary Art and the Smithsonian American Indian Museums) down to the Washington Monument end. Judging from other events there, I can believe the numbers.
I watched Father Guido Sarducci do the “Benediction” (could have done without it… or he could have been funnier), and listened to Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) sing off against Ozzie Osborne… only for both to be trumped by the OJS singing “Love Train.”
It’s fun. They are handing out medals for fear and for being reasonable… some receivers not there (like Mark Zuckerberg … as Stephen says he couldn’t be here because he was more concerned with his privacy than yours), some who come on and make a speech.
By the way, Sam Waterston, reading a poem “supposedly” by Stephen (but I would guess by their terrific writers), was splendid. Kid Rock came out to sing “the serious song” today, which he considered “ironic.”
And I had a nice lunch while I watched of some fresh vegan biscuits that I had just whipped up.
Small update comment:
Jon’s Speech at the end, commenting against “the exhausting energy it takes to hate,” was brilliant and unexpected and his views were more non-political than I thought they’d be – and targeted the current national situation, with parties that don’t work together…intentionally…by not solving problems. I don’t know what the press will say about it tomorrow, but they ought to restate his points over and over.
- “Non-Political” Stewart Rally Politically Charged (cbsnews.com)
- Stewart, Colbert rally draws thousands to D.C. (cbc.ca)
- Thousands Gather For Stewart-Colbert Rally (npr.org)
- Crisp, cool crowded, sunny funny day (nowpublic.com)
- Thousands expected at Stewart-Colbert rally in DC (boston.com)
“I will say that the damage that the filibuster I think has done to the workings of our democracy are at this point pretty profound. The rate at which it’s used just to delay and obstruct is unprecedented…
If we do not fix how the filibuster is used in the Senate, then it is going to be very difficult for us over the long term to compete in a very fast moving global environment.”
He also brought this up on Jon Stewart‘s show last night (if you missed it, they rerun it a couple of times a day starting at 10:00 AM on Comedy Central – neat interview). Harry Reid brought this up in his interview with Rachel Maddow as well. Instead of calling it a Filibuster (or referring to it as “needing 60 votes”), I’m going to start calling it the Mitch McConnell Muck.
- President Obama endorses filibuster reform (dailykos.com)
- Laughs in short supply on the Daily Show as Obama gets serious with Jon Stewart (guardian.co.uk)
- Obama Tells Jon Stewart: Summers Did ‘a Heckuva Job’ (blogs.wsj.com)
- “Obama appearance, rally confirm Jon Stewart’s reach” and related posts (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Barack Obama Visits Daily Show, Jon Stewart Calls President “Timid” (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Obama On Daily Show: Change ‘Not Going To Happen Overnight’ (huffingtonpost.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)