Sen. Begich criticizes US intelligence gathering — with comedy

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is Alaska Robotics' highest profile guest to appear on their satirical news show. (Screen capture courtesy Alaska Robotics)

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is the highest profile guest to appear on Alaska Robotics’ satirical news show. (Screen capture courtesy Alaska Robotics)

Juneau-based Alaska Robotics’ fourth installment of its satirical news series features its highest profile guest so far, a sitting U.S. senator.

The Kickstarter-funded series’ latest episode hit the web Sunday night. Here are some highlights:

  • Anchor Pat Race interviews a banana republic dictator who says banana production was in decline, so he fixed banana taxes, and now his family works as consultants to banana corporations and he drives a Lamborghini.
  • A Pick.Click.Give. spoof cut to footage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill asks Alaska to “let your heart spill over” for Exxon.
  • A send up of the ShamWow infomercial featuring Lou Logan with a fauxhawk and headset selling a towel that cleans up oil spill-related court troubles.
Lou Logan spoofs the ShamWow! informercial in Alaska Robotics latest satirical news short. (Screen capture courtesy Alaska Robotics)

Lou Logan spoofs the ShamWow! informercial in Alaska Robotics latest satirical news short. (Screen capture courtesy Alaska Robotics)

  • And real U.S. Sen. Mark Begich speaks out against the post-9/11 expansion of intelligence gathering, including “psychically powered pre-cog units.”

Alaska Robotics is a label Pat Race, Aaron Suring and Lou Logan use for their creative projects.

Watch the full episode here:

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