Colbert: If only we could run our cars by burning the innocence of children

"Paying for silence is catching on like tapfire"

Published August 16, 2013 7:56PM (EDT)

   (Comedy Central)
(Comedy Central)

Stephen Colbert concisely sums up the logic behind the gag order imposed on two young Pennsylvania children: "If a tree falls in the forest, and you pay the family that heard it not to talk, then it didn't make a sound."

The children, aged 7 and 10, are banned from ever talking about fracking as part of the terms of their family's $750,000 settlement with an oil and gas company. Fortunately, no such order applies to Colbert:

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