Bid Farewell to “The Colbert Report” with Some of the Show’s Most Genius Moments

Tonight, Stephen Colbert will close the curtain on the ludicrous, yet wholly enjoyable persona he created as the conservative host of “The Colbert Report.” 

As the nation prepares to say goodbye, Mother Jones pays tribute to everyone’s favorite right-wing blowhard with a round-up of some of our favorite moments from the show’s stellar nine year run. 

1. In which Colbert takes on Mitt Romney’s infamous 47 percent video by throwing shrimp at poor people: “We job creators know there is no such thing as a free lunch. Lunch is $50,000 a plate!”

2. In which Colbert becomes a migrant worker for a day: Are there any beans that are in the shade?”

3. In which Colbert cites our study on income disparity to propose the rich starting their own country, America Plus: “We already live in gated communities, I say we just connect them all with really long driveways. To visit, you just need a green card!”

4. In which Colbert repeatedly stabs his Karl Rove substitute, “Ham Rove,” with a large knife, a segment that prompted the political operative to question Colbert’s mental state: “Ham Rove, my salted and trusted advisor.”

5. In which Colbert and Buddy Cole take on Russia’s anti-gay laws through the lens of the U.S. speed skating team: “Is speed skating a choice or were you born a speed skater?”

6. In which Colbert hypnotically dances with Bryan Cranston, Jeff Bridges, and even Henry Kissinger to “Get Lucky”: “This is Colbchella goddammit!”

7. In which Colbert breaks character to pay a moving tribute to his mother, Lorna Colbert: “If you also like me, that’s because of my mom.” 

 

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WHO DOESN’T LOVE A POSITIVE STORY—OR TWO?

“Great journalism really does make a difference in this world: it can even save kids.”

That’s what a civil rights lawyer wrote to Julia Lurie, the day after her major investigation into a psychiatric hospital chain that uses foster children as “cash cows” published, letting her know he was using her findings that same day in a hearing to keep a child out of one of the facilities we investigated.

That’s awesome. As is the fact that Julia, who spent a full year reporting this challenging story, promptly heard from a Senate committee that will use her work in their own investigation of Universal Health Services. There’s no doubt her revelations will continue to have a big impact in the months and years to come.

Like another story about Mother Jones’ real-world impact.

This one, a multiyear investigation, published in 2021, exposed conditions in sugar work camps in the Dominican Republic owned by Central Romana—the conglomerate behind brands like C&H and Domino, whose product ends up in our Hershey bars and other sweets. A year ago, the Biden administration banned sugar imports from Central Romana. And just recently, we learned of a previously undisclosed investigation from the Department of Homeland Security, looking into working conditions at Central Romana. How big of a deal is this?

“This could be the first time a corporation would be held criminally liable for forced labor in their own supply chains,” according to a retired special agent we talked to.

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And it is only because Mother Jones is funded primarily by donations from readers that we can mount ambitious, yearlong—or more—investigations like these two stories that are making waves.

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