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Posted on Jul 19, 2006
Colbert with The Word

Pseudo-pundit Stephen Colbert uses his nightly “The Word” segment to satirize labor relations.  The word is solidarity, “as in me and all my management buddies are in solidarity about hating unions.”  A hospital in Kentucky is attempting to block a group of nurses from unionizing by promoting them.  Once categorized as “supervisors,” the nurses would lose union eligibility.  Colbert explains: “Folks it is time for management and labor to put aside their differences and come together as management to exploit labor.”

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Partial transcript:


Now longtime viewers of this program know that I am a labor law fanatic.  Thats not a secret.  I can not get enough of the National Labor Relations Board decisions.


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[Colbert heaves an overweight binder onto his desk]

They are gripping.  I keep ґem in a bookshelf next to my safety first posters. 

[Graphic of a poster]

Wellyou can naturally imagine my excitement when I found out that a group of nurses in Kentucky are fighting their hospital for the right to unionizeŗa fight that brings us to tonights word: Solidarity.

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By Lois, July 24, 2006 at 7:12 am Link to this comment
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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are the primary reasons I still sit down in front of my TV at all - well, that and the fact that the most comfortable seating in the house is in the same room as the TV.  I used to have to depend on Doonesbury, Opus and Boondocks print cartoons for my political commentary.  Now I can finally feel justified paying $55 each month for DirecTV so I can watch these 2 shows every night.  Just make sure we all continue to tell our friends about them.  Hell, tell complete strangers about them.  We’ll need a very large support base to fight the battle to keep them on the air when the mainstream media and the Republicans decide to go after them.

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By Conky, July 22, 2006 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment
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Along with Jon Stewart—though not Jewish, I hasten to add—Mr. Colber is the only source of accurate reporting of what’s really happening.
While I find this amusing, it also underscores my feeling of betrayal on the part of the Fourth Estate. They loved going after Clinton for a blow job, but they stand turning a blind eye to impeachable crime after crime….
They could have prevented what happened, but, as in Germany in the early 30’s, they bought in and, as a result, your children will suffer terribly living in a third world country.

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By No more Unions?, July 21, 2006 at 7:22 am Link to this comment
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The way of the future…thanks to all of the idiot Union members who vote Republican.

Wake up people! Just because you hate Black people; as most Republicans do, think of your future. Bush and his cronies are taking your jobs…and you asked for it!

These are my “WORD"s.

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By Clauzilla, July 20, 2006 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment
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Truthiness, Lincolnish, Gravitas!  Stephen Colbert is the greatest polital mind on TV today.  His playful ignorance and over-the-top conservative parody is the kick in the pants mass media and the current administation needs.  The only reason he is still on the air is because the reigning government officials miss the parody.  For the rest of us, it is a hoot to see them slyly spanked every night at 11:00.  Go Stephen.

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By Catherine Beatty, July 20, 2006 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment
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I have to thank the White House Press fete for introducing me to Colbert.  After hearing him at their banquet,  I upgraded my cable service so I could watch his program regularly. To me, it’s worth the extra $60. a month and more,  as well as staying up late to catch his 11:30 p.m. “repor”.  I’m sorry I didn’t know before that a voice such as his could be found anywhere on our disgustingly decadent and controlled media.  I’ve told my family and friends about his program.  I hope he can keep up the good work!

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By mim, July 20, 2006 at 8:05 am Link to this comment
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Stephen Colbert shows once again that he is one of the best political satirists active today, if not the best.  There may be a better satirist but I don’t know who he or she is.

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By tom, July 19, 2006 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment
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Again, a brilliant commentary by the man with the rapier wit.  His Word segments are the jewel of the show.  His show and the Daily Show are the most useful, insightful and hilarious TV shows on the air.  They are my main source of news because the regular news shows, as a whole, are pathetic, shallow, pretentious and excessively hyped.  I don’t trust them.

Bravo, Colbert!

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By Diana, July 19, 2006 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment
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As with many of his “Word” segments, Colbert is very nearly too smart for the room.  What a refreshing change—to have someone on television talking up to an audience.  His show is a public service—and a delightfully funny one at that.

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