Jon Stewart obliterated the corporation loophole on Wednesday night’s “Daily Show,” where huge institutions pay severe sums of settlement money, but avoid admitting wrongdoing, and no decision makers go to jail.
In the most recent egregious example, healthcare manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $2 billion to settle civil and criminal allegations against its wrongdoing.
To which Stewart quipped, “I expect this from you, Johnson. But not you, Johnson.”
The “Daily Show” host added, “To be honest with you, I have not trusted Johnson & Johnson since I tried to stop my child’s crying by pouring a bottle of their patented ‘no more tears’ shampoo in his eyes.”
So what did the healthcare giant due to deserve such a stiff settlement penalty? Oh, just bribed doctors and pharmacies to prescribe their drugs to the elderly, children and disabled despite health risks or a lack of scientific evidence showing any benefits to patients. Yeah, that.
“Holy shit. They knowingly bribed doctors to give useless drugs to old people, the disabled and babies,” a stunned Stewart said. “You’re not even allowed to do that in ‘Grand Theft Auto.'”
Watch the clip: