Sumner Redstone Would Like Colbert to Shut His Trap
2:29 pm, May 12th | by Amy Tennery
Political Action Committees can be a tricky business for television pundits. PACs, a fancy term for a group of people who spend more than a thousand bucks in support of a political cause or election, have generally been something of a no-no for people who get to talk on camera. That is, until the rise of the Super PAC, which I’m embarrassed to admit I briefly thought was a made up term when Stephen Colbert said it on last night’s show. See these Super PACs, which first entered the political arena last year, allow a news exemption for people like Colbert (and, as this video shows, Fox News pundits) to avoid the wrath of their parent networks (among other things).
Unfortunately, Colbert didn’t think of this until last night and was sent a scathing letter from Sumner Redstone’s henchmen over at Viacom. See, it seems that, if Colbert were to maintain the original PAC status as it has been, Viacom might be subject to financial scrutiny and “Viacom secrets.” Which no mogul wants.
“Viacom secrets?” Colbert asks, “Like how they keep Sumner Redstone alive?”