Jon Stewart’s Introduction: A True Moment of Civility

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 5:58 pm

Jon Stewart’s Introduction: A True Moment of Civility

In all I’ve read and pondered these past days, nothing has galvanized me more than Jon Stewart’s introductory remarks in his show on Monday night. If anyone could have used the powerful media space at his disposal to parody vitriol and point to it as a direct cause of last weekend’s violence, it was Stewart.
He did not. He suspended humor and spoke from the heart about the seriousness of the moment. He admitted that it would be easier to point the finger and find blame, but one can’t do that with integrity in this case. And still, he noted, It would “be really nice if the ramblings of crazy people didn’t at all resemble the way people talk to each other on TV.”
Amen to that.

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