Jon Stewart Proving In Retirement That He Still Walks The Walk
One might not think that the inventor of what is still the best Trump nickname: Fuckface VonClownstick, would also be a man with a heart of gold. But Jon Stewart has been defying expectations and raising the bar for decades, and he's no different in retirement.
Since Stewart hung up his suit at The Daily Show for good in 2015, the news media just hasn't seemed the same ... when CNN tries to do it, it just sometimes comes off all wrong. Or, as Stewart once said: "CNN is like the Chucky doll. Good Chucky is OK. But you have to look out for that bad Chucky."
But for one glorious hour on Friday, Stewart will be back on TV as co-anchor with Hannah Storm on ESPN's SportsCenter. The event is the 2017 Warrior Games in Chicago. I'll be watching. New York Daily News:
“It was great, but it was [just] the athletes, their families, their caregivers and it felt like something that the public should be involved in,” Stewart explained to the Chicago Tribune. “On the way home, I was saying, ‘This is where the cameras should be, this would be perfect for ESPN.’ And my son just said, ‘Well, why don’t you call them?’”
Stewart has long been a passionate advocate for military veterans and domestic police and firefighters. He was instrumental in organizing lobbying efforts for both versions of the Zadroga Act, in 2006 and 2010, which provides health care and monitoring for 9/11 first responders. Stewart haunted the halls of Congress along with injured first responders for weeks on behalf of both bills -- the second of which succeeded in being passed.
He's also been a staunch supporter of military veterans' benefit legislation. And in 2015, he and his wife Tracey converted their farm in New Jersey into the fourth Farm Sanctuary refuge for farm animals.
— Mayor Rahm Emanuel (@ChicagosMayor) July 2, 2017
He even has a large degree of empathy for embattled Mr. Met.
Jon Stewart weighs in on the Mr. Met controversy. Hear about his other passion project, the Warrior Games, this Sunday at 9a ET on ESPN pic.twitter.com/ss6JSJru8I
— E:60 (@E60) June 29, 2017
Stewart is sorely missed as a political commentator, but there's a bigger picture here. Left to his own devices, working behind the scenes, he may be accomplishing more than he ever has.
These days, "humanitarian" isn't even a big enough word to fit him. And besides, that might offend the cow.
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