"Citizen Koch"

  • Aired:  05/22/13
  •  | Views: 98,318

PBS drops a documentary called "Citizen Koch" because it feared the reaction of billionaire sponsor David Koch. (2:17)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

FOLKS, AS YOU MAY KNOW, I AM NO

FAN OF PUBLIC TELEVISION.

HEY, THREE TENORS, OPERA DA

'ENGLISH.

FORTUNATELY, PBS'S FEDERAL

FUNDING HAS BEEN DRYING UP TO

THE POINT THAT THE GOVERNMENT'S

CONTRIBUTION NOW MAKES UP ONLY

12% OF ITS FUNDS.

WITH BUDGETS TIGHTER EVERY YEAR

CHARLIE ROSE MAY SOON HAVE STOP

BROADCASTING FROM SPACE.

THAT'S WHY PBS HAS BECOME MORE

AND MORE DEPENDENT ON VIEWERS

NOTHING LIKE YOU.

FOR INSTANCE, BILLIONAIRE

INDUSTRYIST DAVID KOCH WHO HAS

DONATED $23 MILLION TO PUBLIC

TELEVISION.

KOCH, OF COURSE, IS THE

INFLUENTIAL CONSERVATIVE AND

EXECUTIVE OF KOCH INDUSTRIES,

MAKERS OF BRAWNY PAPER TOWELS,

STAINMASTER CARPET, DIXIE CUPS

AND THANKS TO FACTORY RUN OFF

SEXUALLY AMBIGUOUS TROUT.

RECENTLY... GOOD LOOKING TROUT.

RECENTLY PBS HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF

SCUTTLING DOCUMENTARY CALLED

CITIZEN KOCH BECAUSE THEY FEARED

THE REACTION FROM DAVID KOCH.

I GUESS FOR A DONATION OF $75,

YOU GET THE PBS TOTE BAG AND FOR

$23 MILLION YOU GET PBS'S NUT

SACK.

BUT... BUT...

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

BUT, IT IS NICE.

IT IS NICE TO SEE THAT PBS

FINALLY GETS IT.

I MEAN, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE IT

IN THE TV BIZ YOU CAN'T SAY BAD

STUFF ABOUT YOUR MEAL TICKET.

THAT'S WHY I WILL NEVER REVEAL

THAT MY SPONSOR, MOUNTAIN DEW

WAS ORIGINALLY MARIO DUCCI.

HE CHANGED HIS NAME IN THE

'70s AFTER HE WENT STATE'S

EVIDENCE AGAINST THE GAMBINO

CRIME FAMILY AND BECAME PART OF

THE WITNESS REFRESHMENT PROGRAM.

BUT I SAY IT IS NOT ENOUGH JUST

TO AVOID SAYING NASTY THINGS

ABOUT DAVID KOCH.

PBS SHOULD REPLACE COOKIE

MONSTER WITH A ROLL OF BRAWNY

PAPER TOWELS.

JUST AS LOVABLE AND TWICE AS

ABSORBENT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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