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2009-10-29 8:14 PM
The Daily Show Needs Your Help
Last night, The Daily Show had on two controversial guests. I don't understand WHY people consider them controversial, but The Daily Show is being inundated with hate mail.
The interview was between Jon Stewart and two guests: Anna Baltzer (a Jewish woman) & Mustafa Barghouti (a Palestinian man). They are working together to advocate a non-violent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem.
The Daily Show had it's first heckler in the show's history with a member of the audience yelling "LIAR!" in a Joe Wilson-esque moment. Anna Baltzer put out an open letter asking people to Help The Daily Show. Apparently many pro-Israeli people are swamping The Daily Show with hate mail and the staff are worried about the backlash and it's likely that they may not be willing to take the risk again if they do not receive support.
I think open dialogue is ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian problem. I cannot applaud The Daily Show enough in bringing Baltzer and Barghouti on to discuss a peaceful resolution. The Daily Show needs to hear from you. They need to see the support in numbers so they will continue to take these risks and provide a platform to these kind of level-headed and peaceful messages.
I have embedded the unedited videos of the interview below, please take a few minutes to watch them and if you agree, please Show Your Support for The Daily Show but sending them a brief message. Make sure to choose The Daily Show from the Topic drop down, include "Baltzer and Barghouti" in the subject as well as a supportive phrase like "Thank You!" The message doesn't need to be long, it'll most likely the numbers of positive vs negative messages that help influence the producers when making decisions in the future.
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