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By David Arkush and Christine Hines

Jon Stewart, the popular host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and “America’s most trusted newsman,”  regularly imparts an astute critique of American political affairs and media.

The comic’s recent two-part exchange with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, for instance, elicited – in between the funny jabs – thoughtful, nuanced discussion on policy, politics, and the president. As Daily Show fans though, we cringed a little during his chat with O’Reilly when they briefly discussed so-called “tort reform,” the phrase used by the health industry and big business to advocate taking away your access to the courts

O’Reilly first broached the issue when Stewart was a guest on Fox’s O’Reilly Factor. He complained that President Obama could have worked with Republicans during the health care reform debate by adding “tort reform” to the bill. Stewart shot back that the president said he was willing to compromise on the issue, a priority for Republicans, even though it wouldn’t save much in health care costs. In their second conversation, this time at the Daily Show. Stewart blasted the extent of corruption, in media and finances (financial services?), and then strangely expressed a willingness to offer “right wing tort reform,” as he called it. It wasn’t clear why he mentioned it. Perhaps to suggest he would bargain on the issue in exchange for measures that curb corruption.

We’re with him on the need to end corruption. Government and corporate accountability are at a serious low point; we’ve proposed (more…)

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Even Oprah is talking about Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” scheduled for Oct. 30th.  After having him on her show  Tuesday, she tweeted “I think Jon Stewart is on to something. Rally to Restore Sanity. Would you consider going?”

Apparently, a lot of people have already answered “yes.” According to the official Facebook event page, more than 130,000 people are planning to attend the rally.

The rally is attracting a large amount of attention from both the public and the media. In fact, so much that some Democrats are worried the event is overshadowing the “One Nation Working Together” rally on Oct. 2, according to Politico.

Slate’s David Weigel expressed similar thoughts:

“And all of a sudden here come Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, turning a joke into a mega-rally and plucking liberals right out of their get-out-the-vote operations during their most crucial weekend.”

Let us know your opinion on the rally by entering a slogan in our “What Sign Should I Bring to Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity?” Contest. The winning slogan will appear on signs we pass out at the Oct. 30th rally. It’s your chance to have your voice heard on the National Mall.

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Do you have a great idea for a sign to hold at Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity?

Public Citizen is looking for a kick-ass slogan that we can print on signs that we’ll hand out at Stewart’s rally on Oct. 30 in Washington, D.C. Go to our contest sign-up page and give us your best shot. We’ll pick the one that best sums up the message we’d like to share with Stewart, Stephen Colbert and the throngs of sane Americans who plan to show up that day to “take it down a notch.”

Click here to enter our contest.

You can also join our Facebook Page, What sign should I bring to Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity?

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Famed comedian and talk show host Stephen Colbert has long acknowledged “The Colbert Bump,” meaning the increased popularity of a person, website or issue after appearing as a guest or discussed on his show, The Colbert Report.

Here’s hoping that’s the case after last night’s show, because Colbert discussed a few issues near and dear to our hearts here at Public Citizen.

First, he discussed the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created with the new Wall Street reform law, and mentioned Elizabeth Warren as liberals’ pick to head the new agency. (Public Citizen thinks she should.) But then — BAM — (more…)

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If you missed Tyson Slocum’s appearance on the Colbert Report, you can check it out on the Colbert Nation Web site. The U.S. Department of the Interior couldn’t have provided Comedy Central parodist Stephen Colbert with better fodder. As Derek Kravitz and Mary Pat Flaherty wrote in the Washington Post, a government investigation revealed an agency out of control with employees in charge of collecting oil industry royalties accused of doing drugs and having sex with industry reps. Tyson, director of Public Citizen’s energy program, wrote about these same royalty deals in a July post titled “Another sweetheart deal for the oil companies.”

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