Monday, December 27, 2010

Quote of the Day

"I don’t even know if there was a deal, to be honest with you, before his show... I’ll forever be indebted to Jon because of what he did."

-- Kenny Specht, founder of the New York City Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation, on Jon Stewart's role in salvaging the 9/11 First Responders Bill


Anon said...

My friends criticized me the other day for liking Jon Stewart, and his attempts at real journalism now and then. They told me that getting some of my news from a comedy show wasn't the proper way to be an informed citizen. (For context, these guys are rabid Fox Fanboys.)

But regardless of his place in between comedy and journalism, both Stewart and Colbert are consistently a force for justice; they are doing what journalism should be doing; comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

"Jon, you did a helluva job. No Katrina reference intended."

Pee-ess: Dear Anon, what your friends cannot appreciate is the delightful paradox of a "comedy" show being better focussed on the news than news networks and programs are.

Though perhaps that's not surprising; in a parallel way, for years now, cartoon shows have been able to stretch the boundaries of comedy a lot more than shows with actual humans in 'em.

Jester said...

I would have bet money that this bill would never, EVER get passed. JS throwing the spotlight on Washington idiocy was brilliantly done in this case, both literally and figuratively.

Anonymous said...

You can see Jon's opening remarks on his first show back after 9/11 on Youtube. It is so heartfelt and well said. It's fitting that this is something he championed successfully!