This blog reported last month that comedian Stephen Colbert has been using his wildly popular Comedy Central show, the Colbert Report, to educate his viewers on the Citizens United decision and super PACs. Today we are reporting that the Colbert Report has been given a George Foster Peabody Award at the 71st annual Peabody Awards.
The award is a long honored recognition of distinguished public service by radio, television, and network organizations and individuals without factoring popularity or success of the program.
In a reflection of how Americans continue to feel strongly about the rise of “money politics” in the wake of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the Peabody award panel stated, “Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report’ won its second Peabody for its deadpan anchor’s ‘Super PAC’ segments lampooning the rise of megabucks politics.” Further commenting, they revealed, “Launching his own Super PAC as a satirical protest against megabucks politics, Colbert mixed cerebral comedy with inspired sight gags, interviews and preposterously funny monologues.”
Maintaining his comedic stance of protest against the Supreme Court’s decision Colbert said in response, “What an honor! I am truly speechless. Luckily, thanks to Citizens United, my money can speak for me.”
The Citizens United decision and the resultant super PAC emergence in the American political process continues to be a hot button topic with many highly respected scholars and public figures landing on both sides of the issue. For a deeper look at the heart of the decision and its impact, be sure to attend the Citizens United forum in Jamaica Plain, Boston on Wednesday April 11. Panelists to discuss the decision and take questions from the audience include State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), President of the New England Legal Foundation Martin Newhouse, constitutional law scholar Professor Lawrence Friedman and WGBH journalist and former Washington Post reporter Ibby Caputo.