Colbert Testifies Before Congress

TV host Stephen Colbert talks sense to Congress about an agriculture jobs bill that deals with farm workers, especially the question of migrant workers. Earlier this year, Colbert picked vegetables for day under a UFW program designed to showcase why picking is one of those jobs most Americans don't want to do.

Among the best lines:

I'd like enter a record of my colonscopy into the the Congressional Record....

This is America. I don't want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American....

My great-grandfather did not travel across 4,000 miles of the Atlantic Ocean to see this country overrun by immigrants....

Most soil is at ground level. If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we make the earth waist-high? Come on - where is the funding?!?...

Maybe we could offer more visas to the immigrants who, let's face it, will probably be doing these jobs anyway....Or maybe the easier answer is to have scientists develop vegetables that pick themselves. The genetic engineers at Fruit of the Loom have made great strides in the development of human-fruit hybrids. The point is, we have to do something, because I am not going back out there [to pick crops again].

About five minutes long.

His ultimate proposal - increasing the number of visas available to willing workers - is actually on target.

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  • ||

    Something tells me I'm glad I'm oblivious as to the who, what, where, when and why of this guy.

  • The Other Guy||

    Something tells me that you are correct.

  • Attorney||

    What was the supposed to be the point of this? How much did it cost us taxpayers? If Congressturds think their jobs are jokes, then I'm sure they won't mind being paid with Monopoly money.

  • Mike M.||

    What was the supposed to be the point of this?

    That conservatives are stupid bigots, which is about the only point that liberals seem to be able muster nowadays to justify keeping them in power.

  • KPres||

    Well, aren't they?

  • Cyto||

    His central point, increasing the number of visas for farm workers, was the centerpiece of Bush's immigration reform. Even though Colbert thinks he's mocking Republicans, I didn't notice any significant support from Democrats for that proposal. But let's just stick with "Republicans are partisan hacks and the party of no". That makes more sense anyway.

  • ||

    How much did it cost us taxpayers?

    A bottle of water and the energy used to power his mic.

  • cynical||

    Ah, you watched that episode too.

  • Alan||

    Wait! are you saying that they (and we) are NOT paid in Monopoly money?

  • IceTrey||

    $150,000.

  • Chef's Mom and Dad||

    Tree fitty

  • Thomas McElroy ||

    Well, it was about that time that I noticed that Colbert was about eight stories tall and was a crustacean from the protozoic era.

  • nobody||

    Anything that mocks the sacredness and ceremony of Congress is a-ok to me.

  • ||

    Agreed.

  • ||

    Yes indeedly.

  • Morris||

    Snark rules! Whoo-hooo!

  • Jason||

    Doesn't Congress unwittingly mock itself enough already?

  • El Duderino||

    Here is a particularly interesting exchange I am still trying to make sense of.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

  • Jack||

    Did he take the oath or did he not? If he didn't, all that happened was a dumb congresswoman asked a comedic friend of hers to entertain her committee friends for a few minutes.

    If he did take the oath, in character, that represents some problems.

    This is was stupid either way. There was literally no point to this.

  • ||

    Anytime Congress's is not working on a bill to screw the taxpayer, I'm all for it. Call it harm reduction.

  • Masturbatin' Pete||

    Then you can't be for this stunt, because the whole point of it is to drum up support for a bill that does little more than put the screws to the taxpayer.

  • ||

    No bills were passed while Corbert was on Captiol Hill. If that's what it takes, I'll buy Corbert a sleeping bag.

  • Masturbatin' Pete||

    Wait, you just moved the goalposts. Put 'em back.

    Your first comment was "Anytime Congress's is not working on a bill to screw the taxpayer, I'm all for it." After I pointed out that this stunt was doing just that, you changed your position to being in favor of any Congressional activity that's not an actual vote.

  • ||

    How much work did they get done what that charade was in play?

  • ||

    what = while

  • ||

    You know he was testifying before a committee, not the entire Congress, right? And I'm sure Max Baucus' "statutory language experts" were not prevented from typing up a few thousand more pages of laws in their offices while Colbert was doing his puppet theater thing.

    In short: Congressional stupidity is one of the few inexhaustible resources left in the world. Eat all you want, they'll make more.

  • The Ghost of Friedrich Engels||

  • Attorney||

    It's true that things could be worse. But there's just something irresponsible about it -- openly, shamelessly irresponsible -- that bugs me.

  • CavMedic||

    Yeah-it's a little too close to the whole "clown nose on, clown nose off" that you get with Stewart.

  • Masturbatin' Pete||

    This stunt is the unsurprising consequence of the Democrats' outsourcing of their messaging to a pair of comedians.

    Stewart and Colbert can be funny, but they're losing their edge as they transform from liberal satirists into the communications department of the Democratic party. Colbert's performance today was a train wreck. Not funny, not insightful. He wasn't a comedian today. He was just a leftist hack.

  • Les||

    Besides that I think he was hilarious, how was he being a "leftist hack?" Wanting more liberty for immigrants is leftist, now?

  • And Yet||

    This stunt is the unsurprising consequence of the Democrats' outsourcing of their messaging to a pair of comedians.

    And yet..."libertarians" approve! But "libertarians" are not Democrats...

    Me so confused!

  • Mr Whipple||

    Not everybody on this blog is libertarian.

  • ||

    Not everybody on this blog is libertarian.

    PURGE!!!!

  • Lew||

    True, most are corporate hack poseurs.

  • Corpoate Hack Poseur||

    No soup for you.

  • cynical||

    There's something openly disrespectful about it that delights me.

  • Attorney||

    How is it disrespectful if he's doing exactly what they summoned him there to do?

  • AlmightyJB||

    +1. That was great.

  • Whappan?||

    As if most of what Congress does isn't openly, shamelessly irresponsible.

  • CE||

    But there's just something irresponsible about it -- openly, shamelessly irresponsible -- that bugs me.

    There's something openly, shamelessly irresponsible about it that made my whole day. Maybe if we all stopped genuflecting to the great and powerful OzCongress, people would stop turning to government for "solutions" to our problems.

  • Attorney||

    But he was doing what the Congresscritters wanted. This wasn't a case of someone dissing the powerful (which I would have respected). It was a case of the powerful saying, "Hey, funny man, come and entertain us during our 'hearing' about 'policy.'"

  • JoshINHB||

    Note quite,

    It was more like,

    "Hey funny man, come sell this crap that we're to clueless and cowardly to do".

  • ||

    In fairness to Colbert, his systematic ripping to shreds of President Bush and all he stood for, while standing two feet away from him, at teh 2005 White House Correspondents Dinner, demonstrated he has balls of steel.

    Of course, this is a president and a Congress he actually likes, so I guess we can't expect the same.

  • ||

    Oh bullshit. It doesn't take "balls of steel" to make fun of a sitting US President to his face. Is this Russia, or Venezuela, or Cuba or N Korea or Syria or any of those other places where it takes real, physical courage to tell the truth or make jokes about powerful people?

    Was Bush going to have him arrested? Audit his taxes? Get him fired or otherwise fuck with his employment prospects? Did he risk Comedy Central's disapprobation? Did Colbert face any reasonable prospect of negative consequences? Was he in any more "danger" following his performance than the Dixie Chicks or Michael Moore or Oliver Stone?

    "Balls of steel?" For telling jokes about a Republican on television? Jesus.

    Also? I can't wait for Colbert and Stewart's Oct. 30 bash. This thing smells like a really, really big clusterfuck. The potential for PR disaster is enormous. I enjoy both of them, I'm just fucking sick and very damned tired of being lectured to by actors, comedians, singers, and other creative types who, talented though they undoubtedly are, lack the cognitive skills to survive in any milieu even superficially resembling what we think of as The Real World.

  • Almanian||

    I'd comment on this, but I wouldn't want to upset an abusive lawyer (PBUH) or potentially increase the cost of my subsciption to Reason as a result of legal fees associated with potential libel or slander suits which may or may not be filed against them now or in the future, amen.

  • Max||

    Glad you brought that up. I hope Wolk sues Reason's ass off and donations dry up. Good Luck Mr. Wolk!

  • MWG||

    Ah Max, if it weren't for Reason, what would you masturbate to?

  • Tim||

    Washington is humorless enough without adding Colbert into the mix.

  • ||

    Will this show up on his show I wonder? Does that make him just another special interest soliciting members of congress to enable his gain?

  • Sudden||

    His ultimate proposal - increasing the number of visas available to willing workers - is actually on target.

    Without knowing anything about this bill, forgive me wondering how much it costs, how many subsidies it lavishly doles out to Monsanto et al, and for having even the slightest degree of skepticism that, while one provision might appear a constructive step, the overall behemoth that is this bill is likely a giant unaffordable clusterfuck. I yield the balance of my time.

  • JoshINHB||

    You've missed the latest genius proposal from progs, which liberaltarians will no doubt support.

    They're going to solve the immigration problem by subsidizing big education and the DOD

  • The Wine Commonsewer||

    I heard that one of the committee members asked him to leave.

  • ||

    Conyers I believe. Colbert replied he was there at the invitation of another congresswoman, and he'd only leave if she asked him to.

  • Tony||

    That was dickish. Without Colbert nobody would have watched this hearing and many fewer people would have been made aware of the issue it was addressing.

    People can be such snobs about celebrities taking on political causes, but shit, if it helps, what's the problem?

  • Masturbatin' Pete||

    People can be such snobs about celebrities taking on political causes, but shit, if it helps, what's the problem?

    Because generally they don't know what they're talking about, and Colbert was no exception.

  • Tony||

    Even if they're used as props to get people to pay attention, what harm is done?

  • Apogee||

    Props are fine. Especially on stands in the background.

  • ||

    Colbert can talk about any issue he wants on TV at any time without any involvement from Congress.

    This isn't about Colbert getting attention, it's about Congressdouches getting attention.

  • northernliberty||

    "Because generally they don't know what they're talking about, and Colbert was no exception."

    But Members of Congress do?

  • ||

    No, that was an adult, albeit a very wrong headed one, talking. Someone who takes legislation seriously and doesn't want the court jester's opinions.

    Crap like this doesn't help. It's a giant waste of time. It makes formulating national policy look like it's being done by the student council.

    Is that enough problems for you?

  • Masturbatin' Pete||

    +2

  • Tony||

    It brought a lot of attention to an issue of human rights most Americans don't even know exists.

  • Masturbatin' Pete||

    And distracted from an issue of human rights - the rights of white voters in Philadelphia - that most Americans don't even know exists.

  • Tony||

    I guarantee you more people are aware of that phony black panther bullshit than they are migrant workers, because one is all over FOX News and the other isn't.

  • Masturbatin' Pete||

    So you're calling Christopher Coates a liar. And you know that he's being untruthful because . . . ?

    And really, Tony, do you think there's a single person in America who's unaware that we have Mexicans in this country illegally doing manual labor?

  • Almanian||

    Whoa, whoa, whoa...Messicans? In Murca? ILLEGALLY? Doin labourzes?

    Cobert, is that you, you jokester!?

  • dude3000||

    I certainly forgot about all the sca-wy black men.

  • Jim Treacher||

    But you remembered the limp sarcasm in lieu of a point.

  • ||

    ""No, that was an adult, albeit a very wrong headed one, talking. Someone who takes legislation seriously and doesn't want the court jester's opinions.""

    Or Elmo.

  • Invisible Finger||

    It makes formulating national policy look like it's being done by the student council.

    Apparently you can't handle the truth. We certainly don't have well-meaning people formulating national policy, we have greedy narcissists formulating national policy. Aka, an overgrown student council.

    Apparently when this is brought right out it the open it makes you uncomfortable. Well, get over yourself.

  • ||

    Yeah, well when I was on the student council we at least managed to put on a prom without going over budget and passing the debt on to the seventh and eighth graders who had yet come to high school.

  • ||

    +100

  • Pope Jimbo||

    Maybe people realize that being a comedian doesn't exactly make someone an actual expert on immigration.

    Sort of like being an oscar winning actress didn't exactly make Meryl Streep an expert on the dangers of alar on our apples.

    Wouldn't everyone have been better off if they had gotten someone who actually had some real numbers and insight into the costs of illegal immigration and the benefits of opening our borders to a greater number of workers from Mexico?

  • Masturbatin' Pete||

    Embarrassing to Congress for inviting this doofus.

    Embarrassing to Colbert for making a tasteless gay joke that feel flat.

    And embarrassing to Gillespie for highlighting "I'd like enter a record of my colonscopy into the the Congressional Record" as one of "the best lines."

  • zeebs||

    I suppose with your handle, you are an expert on embarrassing.

  • Masturbatin' Pete||

    Ha ha! Make your point by mocking the guy who selected a self-deprecating handle!

    100 Internets to you, my friend, for comedy genius.

  • Juice||

    I missed the gay joke.

  • Vermont Gun Owner||

    As did I. And the colonoscopy line made me snicker. And reminded me that I'm several years overdue for one. So this video seems to have done some good.

  • Ted S.||

    And embarrassing to Gillespie for highlighting "I'd like enter a record of my colonscopy into the the Congressional Record" as one of "the best lines."

    One of the least bad lines.

    Are you happy now?

  • ||

    Jeebus on a pogo stick. I cannot believe that Reason thinks Colbert's clown show (whatever its libertarian making-the-powers-that-be-look-ridiculous angle) is more important than:

    Senior DOJ officials testifying under oath to the Commission on Civil Rights that the Obama appointees running the DOJ have made it perfectly clear that they will pursue cases only against members of the wrong race.

  • Masturbatin' Pete||

    Oh come on. What do you expect? "Reason" also thinks that wearing a black leather jacket everywhere is a bright idea.

  • Sudden||

    Reason in quotations? Panel, does this classify as incitement to drink?

  • Masturbatin' Pete||

    Nothing implied. I was just drawing attention to the fact that Ersatz Fonzie is not the same thing as Reason.

  • ||

    Personal attacks on The Jacket are not drinking game worthy.

    But it is Friday.

  • Astrid||

    Close enough,

    DRINK!

  • Invisible Finger||

    Reason in quotations? Panel, does this classify as incitement to drink?

    Yes. But so does RC's "I can't believe that Reason thinks..." bit.

  • -||

    Mustn't ever criticize the mother ship, girls.

  • ||

    DOJ have made it perfectly clear that they will pursue cases only against members of the wrong race

    I'm not sure who wrote that (not you, R C, right?), but it seems like wishful thinking given that the testimony is tomorrow.

  • ||

    ""Jeebus on a pogo stick. I cannot believe that Reason thinks Colbert's clown show (whatever its libertarian making-the-powers-that-be-look-ridiculous angle) is more important than:""

    Maybe it requires more time that much of the quickies they post.

  • ||

    Some people are thinking that the clown show was a distraction so people wouldn't follow the DOH testifying.

  • Peetsker||

    that is exactly what it was

  • ||

    What was the supposed to be the point of this?

    To steal the news cycle from the vastly more important and damaging Commission on Civil Rights hearings.

    Way to shine the apparatchik's shoes, Reason.

  • Attorney||

    Makes sense.

  • ||

    """Like me, Coates testified about the history of open and pervasive hostility inside the Voting Section to protecting the rights of white voters. This hostility first emerged in the case against Ike Brown in Noxubee County, Mississippi, going back as far as 2004:"""

    Maybe isn't not hitting the news cycle because both parties will take a hit.

  • ||

    There is no reason why Reason can't do both.

    But RC Dean is correct in chastising Reason for not even covering the New Black Panthers intimidation case when this is going on today:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politic.....y-justice/

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42676.html

  • ¢||

    His ultimate proposal - increasing the number of visas available to willing workers - is actually on target.

    Your willingness to just go there—all the way to repackaging Confederacy apologists' long-discredited "happy slave" narrative, if that's what it takes to get on the opposite side of an issue from the teacrackaz—is liberaltarians' one admirable quality.

    Conservative indenture advocates like Bush & Co. always stop at the "patriotic slave" myth, because they're so afraid to be called racist. But you guys just go on blast. "LOAD THE FUCKIN' BOAT!"

    It's splendid.

  • ||

    Allowing more workers to immigrate legally for the purpose of making a better a life is a repackaging of a confederate narrative? Please explain.

  • ||

    You do realize the difference between a person kidnapped from Africa and forced to work for nothing and a Mexican who risks his life to come here and work of his own accord? Retard.

  • MWG||

    No. No he doesn't

  • ||

    You do realize the difference between a person kidnapped from Africa and forced to work for nothing and a Mexican who risks his life to come here and work of his own accord?

    We must save the Mexicans from improving their own lives by keeping them from higher payed work...it is the moral thing to do.

  • ||

    Right, but as liberaltarian I'm naturally evil and don't want to save anyone from participating in the economy so, LOAD THE FUCKIN' BOAT!

  • ||

    If only the UFW hadn't helped kill the bracero program...

  • ||

    I like Colbert but what the fuck...?

  • Masturbatin' Pete||

    I'm not a fan, but he can be funny.

    This was the wrong audience for his schtick, and he's much better with a script than he is trying to riff. The "corn packer" gay joke was but one cringe-worthy part of an extraordinarily cringe-worthy performance.

  • ||

    I've laughed at times to some of Colbert's stunts, but this one was simply not funny. He made a buffoonery of a bunch of buffoons but he also failed as a comedian. He couldn't even make the people sitting behind him crack a smile, which deadened any potential comedic effect and rendered the entire performance uncomfortable and even more pointless than it already was. He was flailing for laughs up there and missing horribly.

    Not that he's wrong from a policy perspective, but...

  • trueofvoice||

    Watch the video again, Hobo. The people behind him were laughing.

  • Jerry||

    Colbert made the committee members look like self-absorbed narcissistic humorless pricks. So he did well.

  • Tony||

    Colbert is often funniest when he's not on-script. Some of his comebacks were pretty good.

    The best part of course was his final statement in response to Rep. Chu: "Migrant workers suffer and have no rights."

    How many shit-for-brains middle-class Americans eating Taco Bell knew that before today?

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Tony,

    The best part of course was his final statement in response to Rep. Chu: "Migrant workers suffer and have no rights."

    How many shit-for-brains middle-class Americans eating Taco Bell knew that before today?

    None, but only because Colbert made that one up.

  • Masturbatin' Pete||

    How funny did you find his remark that "corn packer" is a slur for gay Iowans?

  • Tony||

    Almost as funny as libertarians' indignation about the dignity of Congress being sullied.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Tony,

    Almost as funny as libertarians' indignation about the dignity of Congress being sullied.

    That happened? News to me - I have found that anything that shows Congress as the den of clows it really is (especially in the case of "our" congresswoman for the Houston era, a total clown herself) would be well received by many libertarians.

  • ||

    How many shit-for-brains middle-class Americans eating Taco Bell knew that before today?

    Many, Tony. Many, many, many middle class Americans are aware of the plight of migrant workers. Your lazy and insufferably smug assumption is just one reason why so-called progressives are going to get their asses handed to them on Nov. 2. This country can't function without the middle class, and the middle class is about to remind everyone of that fact.

    Grow the fuck up. You'll be very lucky -- and I'll be very surprised -- if you join us when you graduate.

    I have to go now. My 8 YO, unacquainted thus far with a can opener, is stymied by a can of vegetables that has no pull tab.

  • Les||

    I liked that joke.

  • Jerry||

    If I'm not mistaken, the migrant workers that were present in the meeting had medical insurance and a pension. What do you need more?

  • ||

    "How many shit-for-brains middle-class Americans eating Taco Bell knew that before today?"

    Elitist much?

  • Old Mexican||

    This is America. I don't want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American....

    So do I, because maybe, that way, I won't be seeing so many bearded white guys holding "I will work for food" signs under the underpasses.

    By the way, the end result of not having migrant workers is more expensive food, which will only exacerbate the problem for the sign carriers. They cannot be hired, anyway, because of FICA, FUTA and other interesting hurdles to hiring invented by government. Migrant workers are not being hired because employers want cheap labor, they are hired because they want affordable labor (no, it is NOT the same thing.) Eleutherophobes and statists of every ilk totally underestimate the cost of keeping a person employed; it is not only the wage the employer has to worry about, it is the paperwork and compliance costs and potential liabilities that hold employers back.

  • ||

    Old Mexican|9.24.10 @ 5:21PM|#
    This is America. I don't want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American....

    So do I,

    Old Mex,

    I think the joke was that Mexicans reside in Mexico which is in North America and are therefor Americans.

  • ||

    Then it was an unfunny joke.

  • Juice||

    I thought he meant "make them citizens."

  • ||

    I think the joke was that Mexicans reside in Mexico which is in North America and are therefor Americans.

    Nah, I really don't think that was the joke. Colbert was in his "conservative asshole" mode, so he was pretending to do the mindless-flag-waving thing while also making his actual point (that these workers deserve fair treatment, via the vehicle of citizenship).

    Colbert's shtick is incoherent much of the time, so it's easy to get confused.

  • Cyto||

    I didn't hear citizenship, I heard visas.

  • ||

    Joshua, you and Nick both missed the joke. "I want it picked by an American" is just part of the set-up for the following punchline(s). By quoting just the first three sentences Nick is cutting off most of the humor.

  • Mr Whipple||

    Wrong. They want workers who show up for work, everyday, on time, sober, spend the day actually working and not complaining about stupid shit like how hot it is, or fighting with their girlfriend for hours on end on their fucking cell phones. I'll take a crew of Mexicans any day, because I want to actually get something done, period. I own a construction company, and have been in the business for 30 years. You can't find a decent drywaller that isn't Mexican, and I'll tell you, you are not going to get away with paying him a "reduced" wage.

  • Russ 2000||

    I know some good Polish drywallers, but they also aren't citizens.

  • Mr Whipple||

    Sober?

  • Alan||

    Hey now! I know a couple rednecks AND a black guy who are decent drywallers!

    But, yeah, they're anomalies, and you can only find them on commercial jobs, where wages are higher.

  • ||

    Hey, I'm glad you're here, Whipple; my pancreas needs some work. After this beer, of course.

  • Old Mexican||

    Earlier this year, Colbert picked vegetables for day under a UFW program designed to showcase why picking is one of those jobs most Americans don't want to do.

    Now why would a union want to do that . . . Hmmmm. I smell a rat.

  • ||

    He mentioned that.

    I partisipated in the UFW's take our jobs campaign. One of only 16 people in America to take up the challenge. Though that number may increase in the near future as I understand many democrats may be looking for work come November.

  • flye||

    I worked with illegal immigrants back in the day, picking peaches in California's central valley. They all made more working piecemeal than I did working for minimum wage.

  • Mr Whipple||

    That's how my Grandfather paid when he was a farmer, by the bushel.

  • flye||

    One day we went to a field where most of the fruit wasn't ready to be picked, and the guys would have had to expend a lot of energy up and down ladders to fill the bins. So they went on strike and refused to work until they got an hourly wage that day (instead of piecemeal).

    Slowest I ever saw any of them move.

  • ||

    Your willingness to just go there—all the way to repackaging Confederacy apologists' long-discredited "happy slave" narrative, if that's what it takes to get on the opposite side of an issue from the teacrackaz—is liberaltarians' one admirable quality.

    Conservative indenture advocates like Bush & Co. always stop at the "patriotic slave" myth, because they're so afraid to be called racist. But you guys just go on blast. "LOAD THE FUCKIN' BOAT!"

    WTF?

    Is that you, joe?

  • ||

    Is that you, joe?

    Remember when Joe said that Fannie and Fredie did not donate to democrats and Obama...but it was in fact Fannie and Freddie employees? This fact somehow made it different then oil industry employees donating republicans.

    No real reason why i mention it. Only that i recently remembered that historical bit of Joe douche baggary.

  • ||

    How many shit-for-brains middle-class Americans eating Taco Bell knew that before today?

    SRSLY?

    Is that the best you can do?

  • Tony||

    No. It's 4:30 on a Friday, what do you want from me?

  • Invisible Finger||

    Suicide.

  • Jim Treacher||

    I was going to say "Absence," but that would indeed accomplish the goal.

  • ||

    Wait, is being "in-character" a defense against charges of lying to Congress? Roger Clemens and Raffy Palmeiro might have a new tack to take against their perjury charges.

  • Jerry||

    They were not sworn in.

  • ||

    I always thought Colbert was the less funny Steve Carell on the Daily Show when the Daily Show was actually funny.

    But what he did on capital hill was epic.

    I probably still will not watch his show but my respect for the man has increased a hundred fold.

  • Juice||

    In another thread someone wrote "Capitolists" (could have been intentional).

    I think I'm going to start calling it Capital Hill. Makes sense.

  • ||

    Did juice find a spelling mistake?

    Good work little guy.

    *pats juice on the head for a job well done.

  • ||

    I think it was backhanded applause for your clever, if unintended, double entendre.

    Sorry -- I've now managed to correct your interpretations twice in this thread, though it really wasn't my intent when I came in here...

  • Atanarjuat||

    I probably still will not watch his show but my respect for the man has increased a hundred fold.

    I work at a venue where he made a paid appearance for an event. He put on a great show, involved lots of people in his act, and obviously put a lot of effort into a one-time gig. And he was hilarious. So I do respect the guy. But I must disagree, this appearance was awkwardly unfunny.

  • eamu||

    I remember attending a committee meeting like this once on an 8th grade field trip, it was like a funeral where people were giving 5 minute eulogies. I give Colbert props for spending his 5 minutes cracking jokes that offended at least half of the committee.

  • Mr Whipple||

    Personally, I'm glad someone went there to blow some smoke up those Congresscritters asses. Lord knows, they've blow plenty of smoke up my ass.

  • Yeah!||

    That's the spirit!

  • DDavis||

    "His ultimate proposal - increasing the number of visas available to willing workers - is actually on target."

    Why is it good to make exceptions to laws for the benefit of employers and the detriment of the unemployed, when we have almost 10% official unemployment rate, and an actual rate much higher?

  • ||

    Because it is bad to have protectionist laws.

  • ||

    Yes, but often a little deregulation is worse than none at all. A guest worker program would essentially allow companies to hire someone who they can essentially deport on a whim if they're not happy, versus a US citizen who can just sit home and collect unemployment if they're let go.

    Open borders and generous welfare programs are a bad mix.

  • ||

    Plus, as always, US citizens are at a disadvantage because employing them means having to follow minimum wage, workplace safety, and other labor laws, whereas illegal workers are dealt with on the free market.

  • Er||

    If a celebrity actor "testifies" before a celebrity political body, does it make a sound?

  • chuckarama||

    Funny. And a good plug for his show. But what did that five minute Colbert Report infomercial cost us to produce today?

  • Adonisus||

    Colbert make a mockery of the bullshit modern congressional hearing.

    That's A-OK in my view. I hate the bullshit 'modesty' that the politicians attempt to impose on anyone. It has nothing to do with modesty and everything to do with protecting their egos.

    I love Colbert's show, and I love Stewart's show. Blow me.

  • Max||

    Wait your turn. These folks are all busy blowing Ron Paul.

  • Kant feel Pietzsche||

    Jealous?

  • ||

    Considering that Jon Stewart famously upbraided the Crossfire folks does he think (since he is the show's producer) Colbert's testimony in character today did anything like that?

  • Don't Argue||

    Whenever the government and the media get together and throw shit against a wall to see if it sticks, I will have strongly held opinions on the thrown shit and share those opinions on internet discussion boards.

    I'm like a wizard. I formulate nuanced opinions about Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Nancy Pelosi, Tea Partiers, Keith Olberman, Glenn Beck, foreign affairs, Mosques, Korans, etc, etc, etc, etc. I do all of this while driving in my car, or sitting around, or eating a sandwich. It's simple for me. It's a talent.

    After all of my deep contemplating, I will have a deep, intricate and opinion on things the TV, radio and internet tells me to think about.

    My opinion will either be dogmatically one-sided, or completely muddled. I will express this opinion, and it will not be like yours, but it will resemble, at least in some way, the same shit you've read a million times before.

    Now, I will share my esteemed opinion with the rest of you lesser beings on Stephen Colbert's comedic testimony before Congress...

    Are you prepared? ARE YOU?!

    Too late. Lindsay Lohan just wore a belt AND suspenders.

    WHY CAN'T YOU PEOPLE KEEP PACE WITH THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES?!

  • ||

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  • ||

    Considering that Jon Stewart famously upbraided the Crossfire folks

    Jon made a fool of himself on crossfire.

    Only fan boys think differently.

    Colbert's testimony in character today did anything like that?

    Colbert made a fool of congress on the world wide tubes...

    So no, it was nothing like Stewart's disastrous rant.

  • ||

    stewart said

    "Crossfire is hurting America."

    "Right now you are helping the politicians and the corporations"

    Aside from the bat shit insane conspiracy theories the actual discussion of the show showed Stewart to be a light weight idiot worse then Palin in her interview with Katie.

    Tucker asked Stewart, after pointing out John Kerry would not come on crossfire but did go on Stewart's, "Given the opportunity why didn't you ask Kerry any pointed questions"

    Stewart answered that it was not his job then he called them hacks. Stewart was a Kerry supporter and said on his show he would vote for him.

    Later in the show an audience member asked why politicians can't answer a simple straight question?

    Stewart answered that the media does not hold their feet to the fire. And that politicians go on shows that don't....

    He never even finished the sentence because he probably realized he had completely contradicted himself.

    Note here that earlier in the show Stewart when confronted with the soft ball questions he gave John Kerry responded that it was not his job and complained that the Crossfire guys were partisan hacks.

    Stewart was utterly demolished on that show.

    If you don't believe me then go watch the video again.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFQFB5YpDZE

    And please explain what the fuck his point was outside of weird "media is bad" incoherent conspiracy bullshit.

  • ||

    That douche is the master of eating his cake and having it too.

  • Neu Mejican||

    Stewart answered that the media does not hold their feet to the fire. And that politicians go on shows that don't....

    Like, for instance, comedy central. Really, his job is more about being a safe haven for people so that he can milk them for a laugh than anything else (even if he sometimes steps outside that role).

    He never even finished the sentence because he probably realized he had completely contradicted himself.

    He didn't contradict himself, because, see, he is not a journalist...he's a comedian. His job is to ask questions that are likely to get a laugh. His whole point was that any journalist that claims him as peers are just exposing a profound misunderstanding of both journalism and comedy. News organizations have a responsibility to put politician's feet to the fire...Jon Stewart doesn't.

    Now a good mocking...that IS his responsibility. And they tend to do that frequently enough.

  • ||

    He didn't contradict himself, because, see, he is not a journalist...he's a comedian.

    He had the DNCs candidate for the president of the United states on his show only gave soft ball questions then called Crossfire partisan hacks and claimed that politicians get away from answering simple questions is because politicians go on shows that don't ask hard questions and hold them to the fire.

    John Kerry went on Stewart's show not crossfire....do you honestly think crossfire's Tucker would not have held Kerry's feet to the fire? Or the lefty guy on the show not held Bush's feet to the fire?

    Stewart provided a national televised platform for a presidential candidate that gave him fluff questions and massive media exposure then Stewart complained that the media was not asking tough questions.

    Comedian or not his show is national and a mass media platform.

    Stewart's hypocrisy is eyeball deep.

    His complaints were incoherent and bat shit insane rants and he was demolished in the debate.

    To claim he "upbraided the Crossfire folks" is to deny reality.

  • Neu Mejican||

    JC,

    He complained that the news media did not hold politicians feet to the fire. To expect a comedian to do that is just, well, silly (Comedy Central is not a news organization). You clearly take Stewart too seriously. He is not a journalist and does not present himself as such. He's a comedian that runs a fluff talk show. And his point on crossfire was just that...if the "journalists" that put on Crossfire considered him to have a similar role in the public debate they were wrong on a couple of levels. The most important being that they thought his comedy show should be run like a political news forum...the second was that (oddly) they thought he would be a fluff guest for them because his job is to run a fluff comedy show...even though their show was not supposed to be fluff, but hard hitting political debate.

    The fact that their show was canceled soon after the incident and that Jonathan Klein (CNN CEO) cited Jon Stewart's appearance as a major factor in the decision is evidence that he "unbraided" the folks on Crossfire.

    It seems you are the one out of touch with reality.

  • ||

    He complained that the news media did not hold politicians feet to the fire.

    No he didn't

    Here is Stewart's Quote:

    "I don't think its hard. I just think that nobody holds their feet to the fire to do it so they don't have to. They get to come on shows, you know, that don't..."

    Politicians get to go on shows that don't hold their feet to the fire so they don't have to answer questions. Shows just like Stewart's The Daily Show

    He put his fat foot right into his fat mouth.

    Kind of like you just did.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    "He didn't contradict himself, because, see, he is not a journalist...he's a comedian."

    That's been Stewart's convenient "out" for a long time--the "clown nose on, clown nose off" routine he pulls whenever someone calls him on his bullshit. "Bu-bu-bu-but I'm just a comedian! No one's supposed to take this seriously!"

  • Don't Argue||

    Please be on notice:

    "After all of my deep contemplating, I will have deep, intricate opinions on things the TV, radio and internet tells me to think about."

    This phrase should now be written as: "After all of my deep contemplating, I will have a deep, intricate and opinion on things the TV, radio and internet tells me to think about."

    Please adjust your grammar books and Strunk & White accordingly.

    NO REPLIES! Ashton might be cheating on Demi: DISCUSS!

  • ||

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  • jester||

    Personally, I enjoyed seeing my representative, Hon. Shirley Jackson-Lee toying with her i-phone. What on earth could she have been doing on her i-phone?

  • flye||

    Doodle God?

  • JEP||

    I watch Stewart and Colbert occasionally because I sometimes like their humor.

    What worries me is that a large number of people, especially in the younger generation, take all their cues from these two. They(maybe we) don't understand that at some point, we need to stop laughing and be outraged at what our society is allowing politicians to do.

    I have a few friends from high school who watch Stewart and Colbert religiously, and I get the vibe that they really enjoy laughing at all these stupid politicians making mistakes, saying stupid things, contradicting themselves, etc. But they seem to miss the point that this kind of idiocy is actually happening. The idiocy that they see Colbert and Stewart mock is really happening, it costs money, and it affects actual people including themselves.

    Nothing against Stewart or Colbert. Just griping against political apathy in general.

  • CE||

    Maybe mocking the politicians is the first step in removing their power -- if we can get enough people to stop kow-towing to them, their power over us will be diminished.

  • ||

    He should have quoted Roman Troy Moronie:

    "I would like to direct this to the distinguished members of the panel.
    " You lousy corksuckers. You have violated my fargin rights. This sum-un-om botching country was founded so that the liberties of common patriotic citizens like me could not be taken away by a bunch of fargin iceholes like yourselves."

    It would have been a lot cooler than what he actually said anyway.

  • Paul||

    Colbert Testifies Before Congress

    And why?

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