Jon Stewart Takes on Apple's Appearance in Front of Senate Committee

Thursday May 23, 2013 10:20 AM PDT by Jordan Golson
NewImageThe Daily Show host Jon Stewart ran a satirical segment (via Apple 2.0) on last night's show about Apple CEO Tim Cook's appearance in front of a U.S. Senate Committee examining the tax strategies of multinational corporations.

Stewart suggests that a number of Senators are Apple fanboys for praising Cook and his company, as well as questions asking Apple executives what they think should be done with the tax code.

Though the embedded video below is Flash-based, iOS users should be able to view the clip at The Daily Show's website.



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19 months ago
Yes let's downplay the government targeting Apple to make them an example of eeeeevil corprations trying to screw the poor widdle govermmit. I don't see Facebook in front of this committee, you know the company whose HQ was moved to Ireland to completely avoid US Corporate taxes.

The unmitigated gaul of the Senators to do this witch hunt about paying taxes (which Apple is fully in compliance with, btw), while the people running the IRS are straight up lying about specifically targeting mom & pop political groups who dared to exercise their 1st ammendment rights is astounding.
Rating: 33 Votes
19 months ago
That clip is hilarious. Stewart is great at what he does.
Rating: 23 Votes
19 months ago
LOL! "Taxcode nano!" Perfect! Stewart nails it again!
Rating: 15 Votes
19 months ago

Yes let's downplay the government targeting Apple to make them an example of eeeeevil corprations trying to screw the poor widdle govermmit. I don't see Facebook in front of this committee, you know the company whose HQ was moved to Ireland to completely avoid US Corporate taxes.

The unmitigated gaul of the Senators to do this witch hunt about paying taxes (which Apple is fully in compliance with, btw), while the people running the IRS are straight up lying about specifically targeting mom & pop political groups who dared to exercise their 1st ammendment rights is astounding.



FYI, these "mom and pops" were registered as non-profit social welfare groups which are strictly prohibited from getting involved in political campaigns. And they did.

See, everyone loves to play the victim. Even you.

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Rating: 13 Votes
19 months ago


The unmitigated gaul of the Senators to do this witch hunt about paying taxes (which Apple is fully in compliance with, btw), while the people running the IRS are straight up lying about specifically targeting mom & pop political groups who dared to exercise their 1st ammendment rights is astounding.


Unmitigated Gaul.
Rating: 13 Votes
19 months ago


The unmitigated gaul of the Senators to do this witch hunt about paying taxes (which Apple is fully in compliance with, btw), while the people running the IRS are straight up lying about specifically targeting mom & pop political groups who dared to exercise their 1st ammendment rights is astounding.


You're incorrect on the political groups. The problem was they targeted based on ideology. Targeting 501(c)(4) groups is not abnormal if their activities are primarily political. Here is the IRS definition. (http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Other-Non-Profits/Types-of-Organizations-Exempt-under-Section-501%28c%29%284%29) Social welfare is explained here. (http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Other-Non-Profits/Social-Welfare-Organizations) If they did so without bias targeting groups on both sides of the aisle, they would be well within their rights. The rules are supposed to be clear on these things. Also without tax exempt status, those restrictions wouldn't be there.

I'm not saying it shouldn't make you angry that the IRS was involved in that. It's just if you're going to be angry about something, make sure it's for the right reason.
Rating: 10 Votes
19 months ago
Rating: 10 Votes
19 months ago
The main reason for this hearing is not Apple's so-called "tax evasion" practices, but the sheer amount of cash Apple possesses on which our good 'ol government hoped to cash-in. The senate committee has no case and they know it. Apple hasn't done any wrong and all this "follow the spirit of the law" bulls**t is ****ing insulting to hear from these slimy politicians.

You want to solve this problem - simplify the tax code on foreign profits and cut away all the bulls**t. But no, that won't happen, will it? Since there is a mound of lobbying dollars preventing it. :mad:
Rating: 8 Votes
19 months ago

Yes let's downplay the government targeting Apple to make them an example of eeeeevil corprations trying to screw the poor widdle govermmit. I don't see Facebook in front of this committee, you know the company whose HQ was moved to Ireland to completely avoid US Corporate taxes.

The unmitigated gaul of the Senators to do this witch hunt about paying taxes (which Apple is fully in compliance with, btw), while the people running the IRS are straight up lying about specifically targeting mom & pop political groups who dared to exercise their 1st ammendment rights is astounding.


Those "groups" were registered non-profit social welfare groups they are strictly prohibited from getting involved in political campaigns. They made themselves targets with their "Tea Party" rhetoric while threatening to not pay taxes under Obama. While I don't agree with what the IRS did, they certainly didn't target them without cause. Either way, the investigations will shed light onto what happened, and those responsible will be held accountable. Our POTUS has taken more action in holding those accountable for misdeeds. Aside from Scooter Libby, not many did under our last POTUS (how many pardons did GWB hand out? I lost count).

On topic, this dog and pony show was sad but great entertainment. Dem's and Repub's are all hypocrites. Levin loved the sound of his voice, and McCain has some nerve after the "Keating Five" scandal in the 80's-90's in addition to questionable campaign donations in 2008.
Rating: 8 Votes
19 months ago
that committee IS the opposite of a genius bar by definition
Rating: 8 Votes

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