Last Monday, Jon Stewart took Senate Republicans to task for refusing to allow a vote on the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to proceed until the tax cuts for the wealthy were extended and the bill changed so that it did not pay for the benefits by closing a tax loophole used by foreign corporations. Stewart was particularly incensed by the fact that the Republican party has been using 9/11 for political gain for 9 years now.
On Thursday, he devoted his entire show to the issue, not only attacking the Republicans, but the news media for failing to cover the story and Democrats for going to bat on this. I might add many liberal bloggers and pundits have also been, and still are, AWOL on this. There has since been some movement, the story being covered by ABCNews on-line and by broadcast, and some Reps are making noise about changing their votes.
I've also noticed something else. By having the dying responders on his show and allowing them to speak for themselves, and by showing real passion for ordinary people and making the case clearly and simply, he has showed all the puffed-up liberal pundits, bloggers and pols how constructive populism is done. He and Colbert have been doing it for a while now, and its time those self-righteous posers (like Maher, Moore, Olbermann and most of HuffPo) learn from the these two and stop whining about them.