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Stephen Colbert explains corporate personhood

Stephen Colbert has gone where no pundit has dared go before — talking truth to the power of corporations. He discussed corporate personhood and the upcoming Supreme Court decision that might put the final nail in the coffin of free elections by giving corporations more free speech rights than actual (human) people.

What, you haven’t heard about that decision? Could it be because the media in this country is all owned by those same corporations that will benefit hugely from that decision? Including Comedy Central, which is owned by media giant Viacom.

In fact, Colbert spent two whole segments of his show on this subject:

UPDATE: Almost unbelievably, new Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor actually questioned corporate personhood today, saying that judges “created corporations as persons, gave birth to corporations as persons. There could be an argument made that that was the court’s error to start with … [imbuing] a creature of state law with human characteristics.” Wow!


One Comment

  1. Uncle B wrote:

    Canadian here – Why the discrimination? Hasn’t Yankee Doodle learned from his Black/White fiasco about the futility of discrimination? Why do I have to chase all over the net to see something my American counterpart can click and view? My skin is not green! I live on the same continent! Buy the same name brands! Eat the same foods! Watch the same movies! Wear the same clothes! The Gulf Follies will affect the prices for my foods too! Canada is a satellite protectorate of the U.S.A. and provider of most raw materials to the U.S.A. Why in Hell the discrimination – we are all vitims of the same multi-national corporations, not just Americans!

    Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 4:41 am | Permalink