KXAN Lands on the Colbert ReportApril 27th, 2012 at 5:25 pm by Josh Hinkle under Politics
I had just wrapped up work after an interesting evening at a Ron Paul rally at the University of Texas when my phone came alive with texts and Facebook alerts.
“Just saw you on Colbert LOL!!!” one text read.
A Facebook message read, “On the laptop, hear the voice and say, ‘I know that voice.’ Look up. ‘Hey! It’s Josh!’”
Oh no! I love the Colbert Report, but I also know how Stephen Colbert likes to playfully attack journalists from time to time. Please, not me! I can be a good sport but can also be a little sensitive. I’d just have to wait and see when it re-aired later that evening.
I laughed when I saw how harmless it was. As I had figured out by that time, it was referencing a story I’d recently done about a UT student who started his own Colbert Super PAC – Texans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow:
Colbert: “Recently a University of Texas student, Paul Benefiel, wrote me, asking for help starting his own Super PAC on his campus. Mr. Benefiel explained his motivation to KXAN, Texas’ News Leader.
Hinkle: “Armed with his own Super PAC to battle other Super PACs, Benefiel’s already setting his sights on Texans like Gov. Rick Perry and Congressman Lamar Smith.”
Benefiel: “There is no better place to start something like this than Austin, Texas.”
Hinkle: “This is the first of Stephen Colbert’s Super PACs to hit a college campus. Now, it’s at the University of Missouri and also Purdue, and it continues to spread to other college campuses nationwide.”
Colbert: “Yes, I’ve planted a seed in Austin, Texas, and I’m sure no one will take what I’m about to say out of context. I want to spread my seed around a lot of colleges.”
A clip of the story, including my standup. I got off easy, and the piece was hilarious. Needless to say, the messages kept coming in, and people seemed to enjoy it. Kind of cool, I guess.