76k: Ralph Nader / George Benson
Ralph Nader's Monologue
... Ralph Nader
Don Pardo: Ladies and gentlemen, Ralph Nader!
Ralph Nader: [enters from the audience to stand at
home base, acknowledges the applause, and puts on his
eyeglasses] I-- Thank you very much, of course. I feel
a slight loss of innocence doing this show tonight.
After all, this television studio's in the RCA
Building in midtown Manhattan, the heart of Corporate
America. I had my doubts about working here. But I
must say that everybody here's been very friendly and
helpful. To be honest, I didn't really expect this
much cooperation -- especially since my research
groups have been investigating the RCA corporation,
which owns NBC, for a number of corporate abuses.
[Although his voice continues, Nader's image
disappears, replaced by a graphic that reads: NETWORK
We're concerned about their hazardous working
conditions, alleged price fixing, bribes to foreign
officials and too much television violence.
[Nader's image returns.]
I could go on and on but this is a night for
entertainment, a night for fun! And I must say again
that the people here at NBC have treated me
wonderfully. They've really been terrific considering
the fact that we've just sued them for ten million
dollars for deceptive advertising.
[Abruptly, the image goes out of focus and the camera
pans off Nader.]
In any case, we have a challenging show tonight and
we'll be right back after this message.
[Camera pans back to a grinning Nader and returns to
focus as the audience applauds.]