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Google CEO Schmidt gets the Colbert treatment

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Stephen Colbert had Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt on his show last night.

“At least that’s what it said when I looked him up on Bing,” Colbert quipped.

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Colbert quizzed Schmidt on whether Google mined consumer data, why it pulled out of China and how low Google’s stock price would have to go before it abandoned its “don’t be evil” slogan and said, “We’re going with evil.”

Colbert also said he was frustrated he did not get more hits on Google for “tall women carrying heavy things.”

During the interview, Colbert also asked Schmidt about his controversial suggestion that young people change their names to expunge the embarrassing things they posted on Facebook and elsewhere. Colbert had lampooned the suggestion on a previous show in which he called it ‘control-self-delete.’

‘It was a joke,’ Schmidt said. ‘It just wasn’t very good.’

Joke or not, Colbert knew technology and definitely had the last word.

When Schmidt encouraged Colbert to erase his browser history, Colbert said: “You have been checking my searches.’

Colbert never did ask Schmidt the philosophical question he teased in his introduction: ‘I’ll ask him if what he is really searching for is himself.’

-- Jessica Guynn


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