By Jay Hansen
Remember last week when I told you about the unanimous decision to gut the STOCK Act that prevented lawmakers from abusing their access to insider information on the financial sector as its regulators and investigators for personal financial gain, also known as insider trading? And how Congress and the President crammed the proposition through in under a week? It took literally only ten seconds to get through the Senate, and Obama signed it into law late on a Friday in hopes the media circuit will miss it over the usual weekend buzz and talk about the upcoming vote on “gun control,” or lack thereof?
Well, the good news for Obama is 99% of the mainstream media did miss it. The bad news for Obama is that the 1% that did catch it was Jon Stewart and the Daily Show.
Have at ‘em, Jon:
Oh Jon Stewart… you make everything better.
Seriously though, this gives me hope. Outside of FOX, whose hosts and hostesses act as one hive-mind collective force, the only individual member of the mainstream media that has ever had an effect on national politics is Jon Stewart. Back in late 2010, the Democrats introduced a bill that would provide health care to all emergency responders that saved lives on September 11th, but contracted health issues due to their acts of heroism (repertory problems, cancer, and other problems associated with working on ground zero for days and weeks). Republican Senators filibustered it and the bill died. Seriously. Why Democrats didn’t shame Republicans more on that is a mystery, especially considering why Republicans filibustered it. They gave the flimsy excuse that the spending for the program wasn’t off-set, which is still no reason to not do a bill of this importance in the first place, but what makes it even more intolerable is that the spending for the bill was off-set. The problem? It was paid for by closing some tax loopholes for foreign companies. Not American “job creator” companies; foreign companies, which is remarkable in and of itself that the government is spending taxpayer dollars on tax loopholes for foreign companies in the first place, but that’s another issue for another day.
So, quite literally, the Republicans filibustered a bill created by Democrats to provide health care to the emergency responders of 9/11 for the ailments they contracted while saving lives after the worst terrorist attack in US history because tax loopholes for foreign corporations were more important to their party.
Jon Stewart wasn’t having any of that. He dedicated an entire show to this bill, shining a light on it, and exposing the Republicans for the abominable, immoral act they had just committed. He was so effective he even got FOX News to turn to his side and attack Republican Senators for filibustering the bill.
I went and dug up this old video about what and how this exactly transpired if you don’t believe me. Watch it here:
It’s good to know we’ve got at least one guy that big and that deep in the mainstream media on our side. Jon Stewart; America’s ace in the hole.