Jon Stewart Remakes Koch Brothers Commercial So That It Actually Tells The Truth (Video)

jon-stewart-koch-industriesI guess if you’re worth billions of dollars, it doesn’t really matter if you waste some of it advertising on a show with an audience that’s clearly not in your typical “targeted demographic.” So while it’s a bit surprising to hear that the Koch brothers bought themselves some propaganda ad space on The Daily Show, I guess it does make some sense. Jon Stewart’s show typically has a younger audience, and it seems the Koch brothers see his show as a potential gateway into brainwashing a few younger minds.

Nonetheless, it’s still a bit odd to see Koch advertisements on The Daily Show. 

And you just had to know that Stewart wasn’t going to let this go without having something to say on the matter.

He started off by playing the ad, which is nothing more than propaganda that really doesn’t say anything. It just shows a bunch of smiling people in various industries with the narrator pushing the kind of pro-Koch Industries rhetoric you would expect.

The whole tone of the ad screams: Don’t listen to all the liberal lies! The Koch brothers are great! Look at all these smiling people! Look, a baby in a diaper! We can’t be evil if there’s a baby in our ad, can we?! 

Again, you’d have to be a fool to not see what the point of this advertisement is. It’s essentially a political ad for a massive energy corporation. It reminded me a lot of the ads from a few decades ago where cigarette companies tried to tell Americans that smoking was safe.

Then after Stewart did a quick rundown detailing the nearly $300 million the Koch brothers are spending through various dark money political groups to essentially buy legislation, he decided to rollout his version of the Koch ad.

Only this “ad” was edited and narrated to depict the truth about the Koch brothers and what it is they actually do. Which I’m sure you can imagine isn’t quite the same message as the original.

Stewart concluded the segment by saying, “Koch Industries: bending the democratic process to our will since 1980.”

People should really be aware of who the Koch brothers are. They’re not just your typical right-wing conservatives. These are extremely radical Libertarian conservatives who essentially want to abolish any and all government regulations and put an end to almost all social programs.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at the Libertarian party’s platform from 1980, the year David Koch was the vice presidential candidate for the party. It includes stances supported by David Koch such as abolishing Social Security and the privatization of our public roads. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

These guys are terrifyingly dangerous, and they’re getting closer and closer to essentially buying the Republican party. That’s not hyperbole or an exaggeration, that’s just the truth.

Though you have to wonder, after Stewart shredded their pathetic ad, could they be rethinking their decision to run ads during his show?

Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Rob Banks

    How to tell if you are commenting to a real person or an astro turf sock puppet. Real people return to respond directly to comments. They don’t get 100 up votes on comments, while only receiving 4 or 5 actual responses. They aren’t only up at 2 to 4 am making comments. And they write comments, not slogans.

  • Sandy Greer

    So Libertarians are the Root of All Evil? I thought it was Republicans? But:

    If Libertarians peel off the Republican voter (thus weakening Repubs in elections) isn’t that a good thing – for Democrats? At least for now…

    Most places, Libs are hard-pressed to even get into debates. Let alone on the ballot. I think it’s a bit early to be worrying about Libertarians. Just saying.

    Money in politics is another matter. For any interested, here is a list of
    Heavy Hitters (top donors to politics) The list is extensive – and the money in the millions. The list also shows whether donors lean red, blue – or something in between:

    www DOT opensecrets DOT org/orgs/list DOT php

    ^^^Quite the interesting list. More than a little shocking. Each entity shown is a link to more info, if you wish.

    • pauly

      Your “link” is to the Department Of Transportation?!? I don’t see an “opensecreats” section on the DOT website

      • curious19

        he’s using DOT instead of a simple period. (.)

      • pauly

        OH! Thanks. I get it now.

    • Paul

      From your link:

      “…we aren’t including donations to politically active dark money groups, like Americans for Prosperity, a group linked to the Koch brothers, or the liberal group Patriot Majority — because these groups hide their donors”

      So basically, your link is worthless in the context of this discussion.

      • gian keys loves shemale porn

        sandy has fallen rapidly from the normalcy of progressives- I guess she remains irked by males who are –in her view- denigrating women aesthetically within those males writing on liberal blogs. Matters not– her “boy” ivan renko has vanished as he was blasted by many people as being one dimensional. Funny how FACTS mar discussions with rightwingers

      • Sandy Greer

        Hm. Depends.

        If your ‘context of discussion’ is only to be Koch Bros money (their money is bad money, and our money is good) Yes; you will want to dismiss the list as ‘worthless’. Because it won’t fit your narrative. Bit hypocritical, though.

        If, OTOH, one wants to look at big money in politics in a bi-partisan manner – bearing in mind that green is green (whether it be given to Red or Blue) the list is a good place to start.

      • Paul

        You have been given no indication of what my “narrative” is. Ad hominem is ad hominem.

        The context is, in fact, “big money in politics in a non-partisan manner” as you say. But your link, by its own admission, leaves out huge chunks of the actual cash in play “because these groups hide their donors.” Thus your link is NOT comprehensive, it does NOT show the entirety of the problem (or even close to it), and therefore IS worthless here.

        What does your smug defense of such an obviously selective resource say about YOUR “narrative”…?

      • Sandy Greer

        Analysis Paralysis waits forever to see “the entirety of the problem” laid out before making a move.

        Baby Steps crawls before walking – and walks before a run.

      • Steve Brains

        I concede. NOT in defeat, ONLY in quantity.

        “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

        “””””The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, “””

        >>>and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.<<<

        Did you VOTE? NO? THEN STFU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Steve Brains

      Libertarians are a limited part of the problem. by ONLY thinking in the simplest terms, they ignore many issues of great importance and thus, would be the ultimate failure as a Governing party.

    • waxliberty

      Kochs are libertarians? Sorry Libertarians. OK.

      In my book, libertarians are pretty pro-Enlightenment and pro-science. Just as a start. But I realize Libertarians are a different thing.

  • PPS

    Count on Jon to speak truth to power. The GOP IS the beneficiary of Koch largesse BUT…… they never give anything without strings attached…… put or name on your theater, let us dictate your curriculum, vote as we tell you……. the 1980 Libertarian Platform IS the current GOP platform.

    The REAL message for the furure they want to convey ” We are Koch. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated”

    • gian keys loves shemale porn

      if you read the ENTIRE story of the KOCH lineage and its chasing power / implementation of white religious(?) elitism U will see how anti American ( for women and gays and minorities) they truly are. I doubt anything will be done to stall them – they have too much concentrated money and immediacy 4 their designs. Gerrymandering districts and the BS ” voter ID” laws are proof

      • Grace Carralero Barella

        The Rothschilds make them look like grocers.

  • curious19

    Nobody seems to want to talk about the fact that of the top 15 lobbying groups 12 are democrat and none are Koch Industries.

    • curious19

      Also I want to point out that I am in no way defending the Koch brothers or their practices, but rather saying money and its influence in politics is a bipartisan problem much, MUCH larger than just them.

      • Steve Brains

        This is a $Billion+ election, which is ridiculous considering the jobs only PAY half that all told.

        $150K x 435 = ???
        + 33 x $150,000 = ????

        The batteries My abacus are low.

      • janieliza

        Twice as much money the Kochs donated to their non-profit tax escape organizations as the Dems received from the grass roots. So they get to cut their taxes, send money to the group that makes up the laws the Kochs need and then supports their dissemination to the GOP election commissions. They paid for the 60 representatives to live and work on the new Tea Party back when Dubyah was President… and even paid three members of SCOTUS to present legal cases to try and prevent the new and hot headed Koch men and women from damaging the party. Alas, they were unable to stop them from haranguing on women’s issues and minority Presidents. But then what do they care? They came back from Russia where they worked with their Daddy Fred to increase the amount of gasoline Hitler could get to run his tanks and airplanes (My daddy bombed the tanks in Africa and the planes around the Mediterranean). But Stalin nationalized the Koch refineries and kicked the Kochs out of Russia. So they came home and Fred started the John Birch Society and began working on getting the patent for a refining process that he stole from a coworker through the patent office here so he could start his own oil refineries here with the money he got from Hitler for giving Hitler the ability to rout multiple governments across Europe, the middle East, and Africa. So now we have a TEA Party that ran as GOP, and took over the party with big money straight from the Koch regime. Initially the power in the GOP resisted, but then they capitulated to the money they realized could buy them some tamperable voting machines just like the ones in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and three other states when they finally got Dubyah elected President. But even then they needed SCOTUS to stop the vote counting lest they realize that the new President should have been Al Gore. How did they do that? Easy, they went to the Kochs who had relationships with three of the Justices they did business with and asked them to intervene. It worked. So they stole the first election, then again stole the second. They put in huge money but missed the target when Obama was elected… that was after their voting machines were discovered to have been tampered with so the Dems were ready to counter by counting the paper ballots. Scared a bunch of criminals in the GOP.

      • @Janieliza wow, you nailed it. It just disgust me that so few can wield so much power over us. They will be the ruination of America and all the freedom we stand for. They and their TEA party helpers and others are so evil, even they can’t see it.

      • Patriot from the nanny state


    • Drew

      I’d also like to point out that Democrats are the only ones seriously trying to limit money in politics too, which according to you would hurt them.

    • Steve Brains

      BEcause the Koch’s have almost 100 affiliations. Added together they are $290 MILLION invested in BUYING this election.

      That’s tax FREE by the way, and what they don’t pay in taxes, you would, if you had a job. but thanks to Boehner sitting on jobs bills for 4 years….aren’t you GLAD there are Government programs for the poor, hungry and homeless?

    • Johnst

      The best thing about the Koch brothers trying to buy elections is how much money they wasted in 2008 and 2012..

  • Steve Brains

    Buying a .315 hitting free agent and setting him on the bench so he doesn’t hit against you is a good strategy. In the late 80’s, the Orioles LOST the pennant to the Blue jays because they let harold Baines go to Texas and join 6 other .300 hitters, which made them lose 2 extra games and when Toronto took 2/3 in the last series of the season, the Orioles sat out the post season feeling REALLY stupid.

    Isn’t this what taking up all the ad space on the daily show with a sanitized ad for the ENEMY?

  • Randy Pohl

    Yes but lobbyists are buying campaigns. The Koch brothers are

  • amwa

    The remake of the Koch boys commercial was spot on now that was worth listening to, the original got the mute button in this house.

  • I wonder how Jon Stewart’s skit would have gone in a world where the majority of newspapers and TV networks were more like Fox News rather than MSNBC; if Washington was abolishing many programs and cutting spending drastically and the Koch brothers were liberals who were legally working within the current system to try and elect liberals and get a liberal message out?

    I wonder who he would demonize in this scenario?

    • janieliza

      The majority of all media is owned by billionaires. Get real. Not all billionaires are thieves and RICO style criminals. The newest criminality of the 21st century is to buy the courts, enlist petty criminals to run for office, and then threaten employment harm to every sitting legislator just on the say so of three lawyers who control SCOTUS. You just can’t trust the lawyers. Nor can you trust political types the thieves choose to run for President… the Romneys own a company that makes the tamperable voting machines… you can bet they supplied the new ones in YOUR neighborhood. But they didn’t think they did anything wrong, because as you have seen, the sitting legislators were just as bad as the petty criminals because they sold their vote to individual corporations who supported their campaigns. So what is wrong with corporations flooding elections with money for the guy who promised to pave the way for major changes in YOUR life. No social security, no ACA, no funding of infrastructure maintenance, no medicare, no Medicaid, no food program, no housing program, no way to avoid having to pay money to get the poor off the streets and beaches except by making laws that deny residents the ability to feed the poor, house them in dorms, and help their children lead normal lives. This is what you get with KOCH legislation. PROTECT THE BEACHES! Rich people shouldn’t have to see the snotty nosed children with dirty clothes playing on the beaches they paid thousands to visit.

      • Seek professional help, you are a very damaged person.

    • momcox

      Fortunately, we DON’T have to consider that option!!

  • Lead me to a Kickstarter campaign that aims to raise enough money to spread this variation of the ad, I’ll gladly donate.

  • How can you not like Jon Stewart?

  • Everyman

    AIPAC and zionism is evil.

  • janieliza

    We have needed to clean house for years. It has been done now for the Dems but we still need to clear out the GOP and then drop the TEAs hard so the Kochs will know we did it. We need legislation that outlaws money in politics by making the tax law changes that prevent corporations from serving as dark money purveyors for Kochs or Soros (Who never did that kind of business but gives LARGE sums for specific purposes outside his own state.)

  • Karen

    Although I love and agree with most of what Jon Stewart does, It started to bother me how much he uses the Nazis and what they stand for. As a daughter and a daughter in law of Holocaust survivors, I’ve noticed an increase in Jon’s comparisons of almost every “bad, conservative” as a Nazi. It’s inappropriate and disrespectful and it’s almost like “cry wolf”. He should “Save” it and use it only for few very extreme and rare occurrences (if any at all)

    • waxliberty

      I think you should re-watch the clip – the reference is to the Koch brothers arguing that minimum wage increases are like Naziism, not that Jon is comparing anyone to Nazis. At least, that’s what I heard. So your criticism should be directed appropriately (and it should!)

  • hennypenny

    Take off your shoe lace please and proceed to the Koch future! Like the nazies it makes hanging non compliants easier! Screw the Crotch brothers!