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  Season 2: Episode 11

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 TROUBLE TEMPORARY]

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.]

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