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‘The Daily Show’ ‘launches’ fake $10B Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN (video)

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If the world can raise over $61,000 for potato salad via crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, why can’t a satirical news program on Comedy Central launch a campaign to buy CNN for a cool $10 billion?

Well that, at least, was the punchline for a segment on The Daily Show last night, which saw host Jon Stewart launch a parody campaign to buy the cable news channel that’s routinely the subject of ridicule on his program. The show’s producers even went to the trouble of creating a standalone website, LetsBuyCNN.com, to help sell the joke — although the site itself is just a photoshopped version of a Kickstarter campaign page.

“CNN, America’s first 24-hour cable news network, has been terrible for many, many years,” the site reads. “Does it have to be that way? Who knows, maybe it does. So let’s find out for ourselves!”

One of the prizes for The Daily Show's fake Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN.

Above: One of the prizes for The Daily Show’s fake Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN.

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Rewards for donations for the fake campaign include getting your face in a CNN “talking head” box shared with 21 other faces ($10), your face in a CNN box shared with just six people ($10,000), a 24-hour two-week news circus event to find your lost keys ($5 million), and my personal favorite, a “Host a CNN anchor Hunger Games fight to the death” event ($1 billion).

[Side note: There's no way Wolf Blitzer would get to that bow and quiver when his competition is Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, and Chris Cuomo.]

The segment was prompted by News Corp. billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s massive $80 billion offer to buy out rival media company Time Warner last week, which was quickly rejected by Time Warner’s current management.

Check out the the segment below; it’s pretty funny and worth your valuable time.

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55 comments
Terry Likens
Terry Likens

I have NEVER wanted $5M so much before in my life lol Stupid lost keys

Terry Likens
Terry Likens

SOMEONE DRAFTED MY $100 donation. ..... Hannity it betta not been you and your crownies

Chris Grey
Chris Grey

Great satire of the absurdity of crowd funding.

Jack Eric Williams
Jack Eric Williams

Wouln't it be hilarious. Hope it actually happens. CNN could onlt improve.

Maria Salva
Maria Salva

Who cares if it's "fake"? I would love it if it worked.

Mary Maeve Betzler
Mary Maeve Betzler

We the people, in order to restore quality, truth, and balance  in reporting The World's News.  I am so into this.  I know this is "fake" but I so wish it was true.  

Michael Montepara
Michael Montepara

Buy ALL the media outlets John. Maybe then we would get some semblance of honesty in reporting?

Eileen Cavanaugh
Eileen Cavanaugh

I so wish I could donate to this.. Then would you buy Fox/Faux News and fire each one of them after you poured that goo all over them.. By Goo, I'm talking about the garbage from the fracking being done.Sure that's got lots of nice stuff in it...

Elizabeth Burnette
Elizabeth Burnette

FOX is trying to buy. it. God forbid. Hope the FCC has something to say about it .

Paul Burke
Paul Burke

That means Rupert Murdoch would own CNN

Simin Hayati
Simin Hayati

I am ready,just tell me how,only a little I can help.

Carla Hurst
Carla Hurst

Takemymoneytakemymoneytakemymoney!!!

Gretchen Yoes
Gretchen Yoes

They'd get the 10 billion if they got Firefly fans involved....just sayin' - anything to stop Rupert Murdoch from getting what he wants.

Gladys Bonet
Gladys Bonet

Launches Your Show to Donations Ha ha ha ha you real funny---> talk about Ex-Mayor Bloomberg Bom Backfire to USA Racism Israle

Eileen Sien
Eileen Sien

Better a real kickstarter to buy Faux.

Gary Lazo
Gary Lazo

Just buy FOX News, and CNN will go away after having no one to play with.

JW Smythe
JW Smythe

I know it's a joke, but I suspect if they really did it, they'd get the funding. :)

Thomas Corbi
Thomas Corbi

No no no. Kickstarting the third movie of "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" is far far far more important. Trust me on this.

Derek Jacob Knapp
Derek Jacob Knapp

we really need a real one someone make it in their name and send them the cash

Ken Jackson
Ken Jackson

Actually they should try buying TimeWarner Cable. A much better deal and then they would be their own boss.