Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Did Jon Stewart Move Zadroga Act Passage through Media Pressure?

My Dec 18th post referred to Jon Stewart's last show of the year, 12/16/10 when he invited  9/11 First Responders on as guests, conferring with them about their fatal illnesses brought on by exposure to  the hazardous materials they handled and air they breathed during the long aftermath. 

Stewart admonished the Republican side of the Senate for filibustering additional health care coverage to First Responders.  He was extremely critical of mass media for failing to cover it.  The next day, everybody was suddenly talking about the health care defeat for these brave men & women.  A week later, before adjourning for the holidays, the Senate passed the bill with a reduced cap, from $7 billion to $4 billion. 

Was Stewart the critical game changer?  I think so. 

For more insight to the role he played, go here.



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8 comments:

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

I absolutely believe he made the difference, and I'm really happy that he did. I thought his rally in Washington was an odd use of his fame, but this show was right on target.

The Good Cook said...

I agree, Jon Stewart was the game changer and God Bless him that he got the job done!

Susan said...

He's a mover and shaker all right! He's going to get a special place in the first-responders' prayers, I'm guessing.

The Silver Fox said...

I agree with the previous commenters. I think he and his show greased the gears and got the hing passed. Odd, he's the first one to say he's "just a comedian" when people criticize his show as if it were "real" news, but he and his staff sure made a positive difference here!

Mama Zen said...

I totally agree with you!

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