Stewart Mocks GOP’s Food Safety Rhetoric: ‘Masters of Our Ptomaine’ (Video)

December 2, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)—Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart hilariously lampooned the right-wing’s absurd rhetoric opposing the Senate’s overhaul of our food safety regulations, during last night’s show. Conservatives oppose any and all government regulation, just on principle, even if thousands of Americans become sickened or die from tainted food. Exploding diarrhea from salmonella poisoning is a small price to pay for freedom, right? Jon Stewart mocked the exploding diarrhea advocates, including Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Fox News’ Glenn Beck, as “Masters of Our Ptomaine.” And he took particular delight, in highlighting Beck’s wacky apocalyptic conspiracy theory that food safety would lead to “starvation.”

Although passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act was long overdue, the right-wing’s reflexive opposition to something as basic as food safety, is comically bizarre.

In his segment, called “The Food the Bad and the Ugly,” Stewart poked fun at Sen. Coburn’s plea to think long term, instead of short term on food safety.

Stewart quipped, “In the short term you have explosive diarrhea. But in the long term, hey we’re all going to die anyways so why regulate anything?

And then Stewart turned his attention to Glenn Beck, the conspiracy-theorist-in-chief. He showed a clip of Beck fearmongering over the evil FDA, “started by the progressive Theodore Roosevelt.”

“That damn FDA, started 100 years ago just to make sure that the milk bottles you got were full of milk, instead of white paint and rat shit,” said Stewart.

Stewart asked, “Why you got to make everything sound so sinister Glenn?”

Well, Beck wasn’t finished with his ridiculous conspiratorial hyperbole–not by a long shot.

“They control your food. They control you. This is about control and in the end– starvation,” said Beck, who is supposedly a sane person.

The Food Safety bill passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support, despite the crazed opposition from some right-wing members. But because of a procedural error, the bill will have to undergo a few extra steps through the House and be returned to the Senate for another vote, before it reaches the President’s desk.


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