10 Times Jon Stewart Outdid Journalism

From Charleston to class warfare and ripping CNN a new one, this was the 'Daily Show' host at his best

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First-Responder Care

Having covered politicians exploiting the events of September 11th for years, Stewart was rightfully enraged by Congress' slow adoption of the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act, which would provide healthcare to first responders who developed cancer and other diseases as a result of their heroism. His anger reached its peak on December 16, 2010, when he brought on seriously ill members of the NYPD and fire departments who had served on 9/11, showing his audience that the bill, which had been stalled by a Senate Republican filibuster, had real-world consequences for those who were suffering. Six days later, the bill finally passed, signed into law shortly thereafter by Obama, who credited The Daily Show for applying the necessary political pressure. "I don't even know if there was a deal, to be honest with you, before his show," Kenny Specht, whom Stewart had on the broadcast, later told the New York Times. "I'll forever be indebted to Jon because of what he did." TG

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