Jon Stewart and his Daily Show are known at this point for their ability to reveal the contradictions in political spin and cable news speak, and to provide some catharsis in the midst of frustrating or bizarre social and political developments. Usually they do it in a way intended to make the audience laugh.
But last night, Stewart put down the clown nose for the first ten minutes of the show to talk from the heart about the Tucson shooting. I found his comments a striking meditation on violence and conflict in our country, with a refreshing lack of finger pointing or combustion.
Check it out here.
Jim McDermott, S.J.