As most people know, Stephen Colbert is almost always in character. There have been a handful of times I’ve actually seen him not act as the character he portrays on his show The Colbert Report. But even then, if you watch his show enough, you can tell when particular topics have really ticked him off. Last night was one of those times.
In one of the best segments I’ve seen from him in a long time, Colbert absolutely tore into Fox News and other conservatives for their comments concerning the first case of Ebola here in the United States.
He started off by “apologizing” for his prediction last week that by now we’d all be dead because Ebola had made it to the United States. That “apology” led him into showing several clips of mostly Fox News hosts doing everything they can to build distrust toward the Center for Disease Control and ratchet up their Ebola fearmongering.
The most hilarious – and downright sad – part came when he showed Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro’s outrageous Ebola rant that can only be described as possibly the most absurd thing I’ve seen in a very long time.
Pirro more or less shouted, “White House spokesman Josh Earnest says that screening procedures are in place at our border and people are screened as soon as they get here. Really? You’re kidding, right? What’s that? You’re saying that because you don’t want people to panic? You don’t want us to panic? How about I don’t want us to die!”
Trust me when I say that you really just have to watch the video below to grasp the full absurdity of her comments. There she was trying to be dead serious, and all I could do was laugh.
Well, Colbert had the perfect response for Pirro’s nonsense.
“Yeah! Yeah! Obama wants you to line up for a calm and orderly death! What’s that? What’s that you’re saying? This is my deaf ear… and nobody’s talking? Then why am I hearing voices? Is that because of Ebola? What’s that? It’s an unrelated mental disorder? Alright then. As long as I don’t catch whatever paralyzed her eyebrows,” Colbert mocked.
He then went after former South Carolina GOP Director (and certified awful human being) Todd Kincannon, who tweeted out that the best way to save lives from Ebola – is to execute anyone who has Ebola.
Which led Colbert into an elaborate plan where the “chain of executions” leads all the way back to the original buffoon who suggested it.
The whole segment was excellent as he ripped into these individuals who seem more concerned with stirring up fear about Ebola rather than listening to the scientific experts who continue to tell Americans the facts about the disease.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: