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Run For Your Lives

Apr
28
2004

I’m a terrorist.
This little bit of information came to me just the other night courtesy of my favorite newsman, comedian – yeah, right – Jon Stewart. And it’s as deft an illustration of why his “Daily Show,” on Comedy Central is so popular.


Stewart’s Monday night show featured coverage of the Sunday pro-choice rally in Washington, D.C. along with video excerpts of comments made by Bush administration spokeswoman Karen Hughes.
Asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer if the choice issue would play a role in this year’s election, Hughes said it certainly would. “After 9/11, the American people are valuing life now,” she said.
At that point, Stewart stopped the tape. “God, they’re good,’’ he said, echoing the thoughts of amateur media critics and political junkies everywhere.
“The fundamental difference between us and the terror network is that we value every life,” Hughes told Blitzer. “Our enemies in the terror network don’t value any life, not even the innocent and not even their own.”
By this logic, if you’re pro-choice, you’re pro-terror. Ain’t it great to be an American?
A lot of people in Big Media have a hard time understanding why people – they always say ‘young people’ which appears to be code for ‘people we don’t know very well’ – get their news from shows like Stewart’s.
Here’s why. He’s smart. He’s funny and uh, when someone says something ridiculous he laughs long and hard and invites us to do the same. The suggestion that a woman’s right to determine the course of her pregnancy is the same as a terrorist’s decision to fly a plane into a skyscraper and murder 3,000 people is both ridiculous and sad. That it appears to have gone unchallenged by CNN’s veteran political reporter is as sad as it is ridiculous.

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