dclark0699 wrote:As far as Comedy Central giving a half hour block to every other candidate thing.... Is there some legal reasoning to this? I'm not up on politics, but what would wrong with him having a show? Ross Perot bought air time...why can't Steven Colbert use the time he already has?
Without getting into all the legal mumbo-jumbo, what the law essentially says is that if a broadcast or cable company gives air-time to a candidate for elected office, they have to offer equal air-time to anyone else running for that office who requests it. There are a few exceptions, but The Colbert Report would not fit the criteria for any of them.
The difference between this and what Perot did is that stations are allowed to sell air-time to any candidate, but they have to offer the same air-time for the same amount of money to the other candidates. I don't remember the details of Perot's campaign very well, but knowing how much money he had, he probably just spent more than the other candidtates were willing to spend.