Maurice Alberto (Mo) Rocca is an American writer, comedian, and political satirist, is known for his off-beat news reports, satirical commentary, and as a former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1998-2003). Originally from Washington, DC, Rocca graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a B.A. in literature. He served as president of Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, performing in four of the company's notorious burlesques and even co-authoring one (Suede Expectations). Later, he worked as a writer and producer for the children's television series Wishbone (1995), The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (1996) and Pepper Ann (1997), and also as a consulting editor to the men's magazine Perfect 10. Rocca is a regular panelist on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and a regular contributor to CBS' Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. He is a regular correspondent for NBC's Tonight Show, most recently providing 2008 election coverage, as well as for MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He was a celebrity commentator on VH1's Best week ever, as well as the I Love The... shows. He was the host of Things I Hate About You on Bravo. Rocca was an on-the-floor correspondent for Larry King on CNN at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which he called an "Obamarama." He returned as a correspondent for the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Transcript:Every time I hear about it, I think back to when George Bush in his State of the Union a few years ago mentioned steroids in sports as a major issue, and he was mocked for it. And maybe he deserved to be mocked for it, but obviously he has an internal __________ that’s pretty . . . that’s pretty darn accurate. Like he . . . I guess he knew that a sports crazy America would really be riveted to this. I mean so it’s really brought in . . . My bet is that it’s bringing in big numbers, and that the hearings themselves are gonna generate a lot of profit. I think there’s a lot of anxiety about the . . . I think there’s a lot of anxiety about the . . . I think there’s a lot of anxiety about the disappearance of heroes. And you know since 9/11 it has felt as if institutions and heroes are crumbling all around us – the FBI; the CIA; big business with Enron; the Catholic Church with the sex scandals; now sports with the steroids scandal. I mean you know I visit a lot of college campuses. And I haven’t taken any polls, but it’s very . . . The good thing I see is that . . . that kids seem to have taken all this in, and it’s made them not cynical, but very skeptical. And it’s why I believe it when I hear that there’s a lot of more . . . a lot more volunteerism happening; small organizations where people are devoting their time; where they can see their payback; where they can see the effect of their work more quickly and transparently. You know this has been a very bad decade for institutions . . . for big institutions and for the heroes that sit on top of them.
Recorded on: 2/14/08