In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Stephen Colbert Defends Pink Slime


"Oh pink slime is bad, but green slime is good enough to dump on our children," Colbert groaned, showing an archival Nickelodeon clip. "Pink slime is nothing more than good old beef mixed with some not so good, older beef."

A trio of governors -- dubbed by Colbert the "Beefstate Governors" -- are proponents of the filler. Last week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback "rode to the rescue" to defend the pink slime. It's time to end the smear campaign, they said. "Full disclosure," Colbert added," pink slime may also contain traces of smear."

The slime's official name is actually "lean finely textured beef," or LFTB. "Because our beef now has so many hormones it's a member of the transgender community," Colbert said, proposing a new cheer: "We're here, it's steer, technically."

Watch the video:

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Beefstate Governors
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogVideo Archive

About The Author


David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at