The Shmooze

Jon Stewart In Awe of ‘The Island President’

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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You heard about the new documentary film “The Island President” here in the Forward first. Now Jon Stewart has gotten a hold of the story. More specifically, he invited the film’s star, Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives, to appear on The Daily Show for an exclusive interview.

On April 2, Stewart questioned Nasheed about his recent forced ouster from the presidency, and about his dramatic fight to save his country from the devastating effects of climate change. Without a serious global effort to significantly cut carbon emissions, the Maldives will sink into the sea before too long.

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Jon Stewart, Dubbed The Most Influential Man, Interviews Obama Tonight

By Allison Kaplan Sommer

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President Barack Obama and Jon Stewart. One of the pair is the most influential man in the world, and the other hopes to sway young Americans to show up at the polls and vote Democrat on November 2 with a TV appearance tonight.

The most influential of the pair is not the President of the United States, but Comedy Central star Stewart, according to an online survey cited by the Wall Street Journal: “In a poll conducted by AskMen.com, ‘The Daily Show’ host took the number one spot, 20 slots ahead of President Barack Obama.”

The comedian-turned-pseudo-anchorman-turned political activist also beat out Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Kanye West in the poll, as the guy most responsible for shaping 2010.

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Rick Sanchez and Anti-Semitism

By Josh Tapper

By this point, we all know the details of former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez’s fall from grace. As fast as he rose from fill-in anchor in the mid-2000s to host of a two-hour, social media-inspired afternoon broadcast, Rick’s List, he was out the door, taken down by one of the great taboos left standing in America: anti-Semitism.

The formula is simple. A public figure makes a comment painting Jews or the Jewish community in a negative or stereotypical manner (forget benign intent) and is then condemned, ostracized, excommunicated. Calumny that crops up in the media rarely stands a chance against 21st century media and political watchdogs.

Here is Sanchez, spouting some classic Jewish media domination rhetoric — aimed at The Daily Show host Jon Stewart — on Pete Dominick’s radio program nearly two weeks ago: “I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah.”

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Stewart Takes on Sanchez on 'The Daily Show'

By Forward Staff

Watch Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” response to former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez’s assertion that Stewart is a bigot: here.

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