New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced Stewart to the board this week, while Memorial President Joe Daniels explained why they chose the polarizing comedian:
"Jon Stewart is an incredibly important figure in today's news media, but he's also a New Yorker who felt -- as we all did -- the world changed in a matter of minutes on September 11. Since then, he has taken a definitive stance on so many issues that relate directly to our organization's mission of commemoration and education."Stewart quickly made jokes concerning his appointment:
"Luckily for me, it appears as if they've done 95 percent of the hard labor on this. So I'm hoping to help in any way I can offer... I'm like their intern at this point."Clearly Mr. Stewart believes it hilarious to make light of an organization that is commemorating the death of 3,000 Americans. But then again, this is a comedian's job (regardless of if he is funny or not). To name a comedian to a board like this is simply insulting.
This action mimics Stephen Colbert, another Comedy Central personality, testifying on Capital Hill. As expected, Colbert made a mockery of the hearings and the event was widely condemned.
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