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Stephen Colbert Testifies Before Congressional Hearing on Migrant Workers (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 24th 2010 2:45PM
Stephen Colbert testifies before Congress Depending on your political perspective, seeing Stephen Colbert, a faux pundit, testify before Congress is either completely surreal or just about right. But that's where Colbert was today, sitting next to United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez and giving his opinion on jobs and migrant farm workers. The story was reported by The Huffington Post, with video of Colbert's testimony (see video below).

Colbert started out in character, saying he hoped his star power would give the issue enough of a boost to make it to C-Span 1. He drew a few smiles but most of the gallery did not seem amused; some appeared bored, others even hostile.It's not the first time this week Colbert has addressed immigrant farm workers. One of the funniest segments on 'The Colbert Report' this week had Colbert in the field, literally, picking vegetables at a farm in New York.

He related that experience, begging on the verge of tears, "Please don't make me do this again. It is really, really hard. For one thing, when you're picking beans, you have to spend all day bending over. It turns out, and I did not know this, most soil is at ground level."

The most extraordinary thing happens around minute four, when Colbert drops the act for just a moment and becomes a voice of reason, pointing out that offering the migrant farmers visas might be the best strategy, since they will be doing the job anyway, and might raise the standards to the point where Americans will want to do the job again. Colbert couldn't drop the persona for too long, but that moment, amidst his usual hilarity, makes this video worth watching.

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Jim

Clobert is just the latest clown to get out of car of this adminstration. You can blame him for being an idiot since that is his nature, but Congress has way too much free time on its hands if they could disgrace a hearing this way. However on the Senate side we have the idiot clown Al Franken who managed to steal his own senate seat.

I can't wait for November

September 24 2010 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Charlie

Yes Gordy, keep believing everything is a big conspirancy cooked up by Democrats. So original of you. The American people are smart enough now to see though the GOP's way of trying to deflect attention to non issues, like mosques, since the GOP can't stand up and debate real issues with their outdated, American Talibanish views.

September 24 2010 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordy

Meanwhile, a serious DOJ hearing--critical of the White House--was occurring down the hall, and no outlet is covering it. The Dems played you all with this red herring.

Colbert is an entertainer...with a writing staff. What did you expect?

September 24 2010 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Justin

Not to say that I don't enjoy seeing Colbert out in the wild doing his thing... I think it's more of a problem with the news media. I know there are biases on both sides, and that should be addressed... but the bigger problem is that the mainstream media just sucks. It's horrible. You can watch an hour of news, and get maybe 2 minutes of information between the stupid puff pieces, hearing "commentators" yell over eachother, reading off press releases (as opposed to doing serious investigation and analysis--where analysis isn't just reading off their sides talking points), and the commercials.

September 24 2010 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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