Stephen Colbert Takes Sunday Morning By Storm And Skewers Citizens United

Stephen Colbert used his appearance on ABC’s This Week to satirize Citizens United and point out the absurdity of corporations being people.

Here is the video from ABC News:

Partial Transcript from This Week:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Also on Facebook…

COLBERT: Really? Do you get your questions from anywhere but Facebook?

STEPHANOPOULOS: No, we got a few of them from Facebook, though. “Do you believe the outcome of the 2012 presidential election is based on how much money each candidate can raise?”

COLBERT: No, it’s how much speech they can express, because money equals speech. It doesn’t matter if the speech comes from money or comes from your mouth.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you agree with the Supreme Court?

COLBERT: On almost everything. Money equals speech, therefore, the more money you have the more you can speak. That’s just — that just stands to reason. If corporations are people, corporations should be able to speak. That’s why I believe in super PACs.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you believe in super PACs. You believe they’re full expression of the First Amendment?

COLBERT: Without a doubt, do you not, George? Do you not believe that some — are you saying…

STEPHANOPOULOS: I’m asking the questions today, Mr. Colbert.

COLBERT: Well, you answer one of my questions, I’ll answer one of yours. Do you believe that corporations are people?

STEPHANOPOULOS: I’m not going to weigh in on that. We’re going to have a long campaign here. But I want to know what you think about that.

COLBERT: Really? Corporations are people. You won’t weigh in on whether some people are people. That seems kind of racist, George.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you are — but are you worried about how much money, what money is doing to this political environment?

COLBERT: No. Why would you worry about what money is doing to the political environment? There are $11.2 million in super PAC ads being run in South Carolina. Super PACs are outspending the candidates two to one in South Carolina right now.

That just means, according to Citizens United, there’s just more speech than there was before. And I don’t know about you, but I believe in the freedom of speech, especially as a member of the press, you should support that.

Colbert also lampooned Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich’s habit of claiming that they have nothing to do with their Super PAC ads, and taught America a lesson about the impact of Citizens United. Colbert has been able to use his Comedy Central character to constantly test the boundaries of the Citizens United decision. Colbert’s super PAC has purchased $10,000 worth of airtime in South Carolina to run an attack on Mitt Romney that calls him a serial killer because of his corporate raider past at Bain Capital.

Here is the ad:

The South Carolina ad highlights the problem with the Citizens United and the Super PACS. These anonymous organizations are free to say any untrue thing that they want. Colbert’s serious point is that if corporations are people, then Mitt Romney is a serial killer. Thanks to Citizens United, there is nothing out there stopping former Colbert Super PAC from wreaking havoc on the primary process.

Stephen Colbert is using his comedic celebrity to make a serious point about the damage being done to our democracy by Citizens United. Much like Jon Stewart, Colbert is the perfect person to criticize the media and politics of a country where most citizens have been anesthetized by a constant stream of corporate media infotainment.

Colbert may be a comedian, but he is also educating America about the dangers of Citizens United.

22 Replies to “Stephen Colbert Takes Sunday Morning By Storm And Skewers Citizens United”

  1. I don’t have cable, and because the weather mandated that, after my pre-dawn dog walk, I crawl back into bed with a heating pad, I didn’t see him on ABC, but I like this, and want to see more of it.

  2. Colbert and Stephanopoulous were brilliant together, however…the real “tell” was the vitriolic spittle foaming from the maw of Jolly Roger Alies (oops, Ailes, my bad) on his unbriddled hate for Jon Stewart (watch the video).

    That was an unbelievable rant of “biblical” proportion! My gawd, Ailes’ head exploded from all the times he screamed the word “HATE” upon Jon Stewart’s…which can mean only one thing; Ailes is going down and he can’t stop Stewart short of killing him, which I wouldn’t put past him to try…If I were Stewart, I’d wear body armor and have lots of security as I don’t think Jolly Roger is playing with a full deck–he should have known better than to make that kind of statement publicly.

    Ailes is now Stewart’s bee’auch!

  3. Will Mittens show up at the next debate with KOCH embossed in his hair? Will Santorum rip his sweater off and sport a Family Research tattoo? Will the Supreme Court quit in embarrassment?

    Anything is possible

  4. SinghX, Ailes’ rant sounds to me like he believes Republican voters are so ignorant and uninformed they will actually mistake Colbert for a serious G.O.P. candidate.

    Or maybe he thinks that, after listening to all those Republican debates, voters will be under the impression they are to vote for the most amusing clown in the car.

  5. If I had no other option – and no GOP candidate IS an option for me – I’d vote for Colbert. I have never seen a satirist so good at what he does that he has the GOP believing he’s serious. The fact Ailes foamed at the mouth is excellent – Colbert clearly struck a nerve, and that is magnificent.

    The man is priceless – he has done more good than almost anyone other than Jon Stewart at letting Americans know what is happening to their country. GO Stephen!

  6. Just go to ComedyCentral.com to catch full episodes of The Colbert Report with Stephen above and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. You’ll be hooked if you’re into topical political humor. No need for a telly much less overpriced cable.

  7. From the press correspondents dinner and beyond Colbert has been in character non-stop and sharp as a “Ginsu” every time no exceptions. He out hawked Bill Krystol, made Bill O uncomfortable while stroking that cretin’s ego and quoted scripture back at congressional republicans on the subcommittee on immigration just to show (embarrass really) how petulant and petty they are. The funniest thing to me is that the republican base, in large part, think he’s for real. You can’t buy that kind of stupid or fake that kind of talent.

    Whatever. Huge fan.

  8. Nobody says it better
    Makes me feel sad for the rest
    Nobody says it quite as good as you
    Stephen (and Jon) you’re the best

    Both shows are the only things worth watching on tv that’s for sure.Well worth the price.Just wish they both had 1 hour shows and not so many vacations.

  9. What a great thing this is, for Roger Ailes to truly be scared of the polital power of John Stewart is AWESOME!! Once the Analysts put forth the truth that The Daily Show actually provides more accurate information, even in a satirical, comedic setting, than his entire network of right-wing,neocon extremists, this must be the most humiliating thing that could happen to a so-called news network, hence his hate filled words for John Stewart, Analysts have concluded that those that watch FOX news, are consistently the most misinformed viewers of even the most basic facts and functions of the Government, How can the Republican party not be ashamed of the way their elected leaders, deny basic truths about the age of the Earth, climate change, and even basic concepts of economics,When will the electorate fiqure out that the Republicans will never put the people’s needs ahead of the desires of the corporations, This is a fact, every piece of legislation that comes from the Republican leaders in the house, has enhanced the power of Corporations, and taken away worker’s and consumer’s protections, just for fun they add in a few laws to control the women’s body, so they don’t feel left out of the hatefest, The GOP party has done everything it can to chase away any and everybody that dosen’t hate to the level, they feel is acceptable. The true Christians need to stand up and say no! I’m not going to hate those who the teaparty tell me to hate, I’m going to be a Christian, and do kind and helpful things for people, even people I don’t agree with, this is the true message of Christ. I’m sure The Lord feels joy when his children help each other, instead of demonizing their shortcomings. May God bless all!!

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