Jewish Journal

Muslims heart ‘The Daily Show’

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 8, 2009 | 7:42 pm

I just got an e-mail from the Muslim Public Affairs Council applauding this segment from Monday’s episode of “The Daily Show.”

“The segment entitled ‘Strip Maul: Israel gets their bombing in before January 20th hope and change deadline’ was superb. Our staff and members appreciated the honest and critical attention brought to the extremely one-sided news reports about the Gaza crisis that have dominated the airwaves,” MPAC, which wasn’t happy about Mayor Villaraigosa’s support for Israel’s actions, wrote in the letter to Jon Stewart and Friends.

“As huge fans of the show, we congratulate you for using humor as a tool to encourage critical thinking… We appreciate “The Daily Show’s” critical eye, quick wit and fantastic humor.”

MPAC encourage those on its listserv to watch the clip, post a comment thanking Jon Stewart for poking fun at his co-religionists and to monitor other media coverage of the war.

I’m a big fan of Stewart, but I think he treats Hamas way too lightly in this segment, and he too flippantly dismisses the 10,000-plus rockets that have been launched from Gaza during the past six years. I did, however, laugh at the text that appears below the headline “Israel Invades Gaza”—“Missile Tov!”

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