The Colbert Report

Season 2 Episode 3

John Stossel

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Jan 11, 2006 on Comedy Central

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  • Stephen goes after the Associated Press.

    The show opens with a teaser of content from the show, which involves everything from Judge Alito hearings to John Stossel.

    Stephen starts off the show by talking about a consumer alert. Stephen warns us all about a medical magazine which doesn't sound real to him, completely ignoring the medical alert the magazine issued.

    Stephen transitions into the confirmation hearings for Judge Alito. He talks about some of the coverage of the hearings, and a joke Judge Alito told which wasn't very funny, but Stephen seemed to like it. Stephen mentions Alito offered a lot of opinions, which brings us to tonight's edition of "The Word", which is "whatever". Stephen suggests one's opinion in the past doesn't necessarily give an indication to what one would do in the future.

    Back from commercial, Stephen introduces this week's edition of "Threat Down". Number five on the list is "dads." According to Stephen, Farris Hassan's father helped him get to Iraq, the wrong place for a sixteen year-old. Number four is "robots." "Spirit" & "Opportunity" were sent to Mars to live for 30 days, but they've been up there for far longer than expected and Stephen feels that they may begin breeding. Number three is "Virginia Governor Mark Warner," who ordered new DNA tests to see if a man is really innocent. The problem is the man accused was already put to death, years ago. Number two is "bears." Normally, they get the number one spot, but they're busy hibernating. Stephen feels they're regrouping for a spring offensive. And finally, the number one threat is "The Associated Press," who have become lazy and do poor work. They improperly gave credit for the origin of the word, "truthiness".

    Back from commercial, Stephen introduces tonight's guest, John Stossel. John and Stephen discussed John's upcoming special about education and then bounced around, subject to subject.

    Stephen ends the show by talking about putting money into a piggy bank. If everyone doubles the money each year, you'll hit one trillion dollars, in the distant future. Stephen takes a few shots at the Bush administration with this segment.

    The threat down is one of my favorite segments of the show, so I was quite pleased to see it again, as the rest of the show didn't measure up to that in my opinion. The interview with Stossel wasn't that interesting, as he didn't seem all that interested in being there quite frankly.