The New York Times has an interesting article today about Jon Stewart and the 9/11 Responders Bill which provides federal funds for the health care of the responders to the tragic event. After many attempts to pass this legislation by attaching it to other bills it was finally stipped out and proposed as a stand alone bill. In the lame duck congress the Republicans fillerbustered the bill and the Democrats did not put up much of a fight. This not only angered Stewart but the mainstream media all but ignored the issue. On his show on December 16th Steward highlighted the issue and even had 4 responders on the show for a round table discussion on the issue.
The NYT goes as far as to compare Stewart to Edward Murrow whose reporting helped to end McCarthyism and Walter Cronkite’s depiction of the Vietnam War which helped convince President Johnson to not run for a second term. While these comparisons may go a little too far in the scope of the accomplishment I do not feel that the bill would have passed without Steward championiong the cause.
Congratulation to Jon Stewart on making a difference.