Comedian Jon Stewart blasted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) as “hypocritical” for waging war on the Koch brothers while standing up for casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.
Stewart was so taken aback on Tuesday’s “The Daily Show” by Reid’s defense of Adelson, who spent $90 million on Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential election, that Jason Jones had to break it down for him.
“Isn’t it hypocritical for Harry Reid to draw a distinction between Sheldon Adelson’s money and the Koch brothers?” Stewart asked.
Jones said the answer was pretty self-evident — Adelson’s money and power in Reid’s home state helps the senator, while the Koch brother’s dollars do not.
“So what is corruption?” Stewart asked.
“Corruption is a billionaire who spends their money on sh*t you don’t like,” Jones said, and free speech is “a billionaire who spends money on sh*t you do like.”
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