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Jon Stewart: The Daily Show post-9/11


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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I’ve never seen this in full before.

Suddenly I see why people responded to Stewart’s speech moreso than those of Government bods, newcasters, and celebrities. It’s painfully honest.

[flashvideo filename=”http://sjhoward.co.uk/video/stewart911.flv” title=”The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)” /]

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Comments and responses

Comment from Amy

by Amy

Comment posted at 04:00 on 7th April 2007.

THANK YOU for putting this up! I was trying to find this for a friend and of course Viacom is all over YouTube. It’s simply stunning television (how often do those two words get put together?), Jon Stewart at his finest.

Comment from Bebbet

by Bebbet

Comment posted at 21:01 on 8th April 2007.

Thank you! Since Comedy Central, in their wisdom, had this pulled from YouTube, I’ve been looking everywhere for it. It’s a relief to find a watchable version.

Thanks you.

Comment from Phil

by Phil

Comment posted at 00:01 on 20th May 2007.

Even though I am not an American, I found this speech deeply moving.
When I first saw it, I couldn’t stop thinking that this was the speech Bush should have given.

Respect to John Stewart.

Comment from Andrew

by Andrew

Comment posted at 04:50 on 19th June 2007.

Jon Stewart is my hero

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 05:39 on 19th June 2007.

I think everyone would agree that Jon Stewart is a fantastic comedian and a great orator. I only wish the establishment realised quite how much the USA need him – and how much we need someone like him over here in the UK.

Comment from Ash

by Ash

Comment posted at 11:23 on 7th August 2007.

That’s got to have been one of the best speeches i’ve ever heard.

Comment from Jill

by Jill

Comment posted at 20:04 on 13th August 2007.

I’m so glad this link is still active. Thank you for keeping this accessible. This speech is incredible, and I only wish I had seen it at the time. It stills has the power to move me to tears almost 6 years after the tragedy of 9/11.

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Comment from Anonymous

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 10:49 on 15th August 2007.

I am still moved to tears…. damn.

Comment from Anonymous

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 05:43 on 11th September 2007.

Amazing… just as powerful as seeing it “live” 6 years ago. Never forget. Never lose focus. And put that bastard Osama bin Laden in the ground.

Comment from Anonymous

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 08:59 on 11th September 2007.

Churchill led Britan to stand up against the terror of the V2 attacks and bombing of London. Go about your business or they will have won should they break our spirits.

How did we respond to 9/11 and the bombings in London and Madrid? We capitulated to their terror by pissing on ourselves. Two World Wars won last century and we’re nations afraid of too much toothpaste on an airplane.

Osama didn’t take my freedoms away, my government did.

Mission Accomplished.

Comment from stefan

by stefan

Comment posted at 09:00 on 11th September 2007.

Sometimes I forget how much I love this place and the times we have peace. Its so easy for everyone to seem like the enemy, but its not us, its corrupt politicians from every nation that shame us all.

Comment from TKG

by TKG

Comment posted at 11:44 on 11th September 2007.

Jon Stewart is one of the only men on TV who consistently speaks the truth. Not just his mind, but the truth. He’s right about the US, that it is a wonderful thing that a show like his and comments like his can be made. The sad truth, however, is that 6 years on not much has changed. In fact, things are worse. Civil liberties in the US are all but gone, and in the wake of the tragedy of 9/11 the US administration has gone on to create a horrible tragedy of their own in Iraq. Let us not forget that Bush originally linked these tragedies to Saddam. People need to wake up and take a stand against a federal government that no longer serves the best interests of its people, and has not for some time. This is not a party issue, it is a fundamental issue about what is really important. The only way a “free” US can continue to exist is to fundamentally change the way it does it’s business, at home and abroad. Wake up America. Do it by voting. It’s the only way…to really achieve MLK’s dream of being free at last.

Comment from MaryAnn

by MaryAnn

Comment posted at 15:33 on 11th September 2007.

I wish I had seen this on 9/11 six years ago. I too was torn apart by the loss of human lives, but my heart was forever warmed by “our” response to the tradgety. I am so proud of our fellow Americans. Thanks for keeping this available. I needed it even now.

Comment from alesian_siege

by alesian_siege

Comment posted at 17:12 on 11th September 2007.

TKG wrote “Civil liberties in the US are all but gone”

Please enumerate for us those civil liberties you have lost.

Freedom of Speech? Who in the US has been jailed for speech?
Freedom of Assembly? The Truthers, Code Pink, A.N.S.W.E.R. are all constantly announcing and participating in demonstrations.
Freedom of Religion? Any examples of anyone losing this civil liberty?

Your hyperbole is all too common and all too unjustified and damaging to the fabric of civil discourse

Comment from sayntfuu

by sayntfuu

Comment posted at 19:44 on 11th September 2007.

I wish someone had a clip of that days “Moment of Zen” which was a new puppy John had just gotten.

Thanks for the video.

Comment from Anonymous

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 20:09 on 11th September 2007.


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Comment from Anonymous

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 22:30 on 11th September 2007.

Jon Stewart should go back and watch that sometime himself. He’s drifted a long ways off.

Comment from axlmed

by axlmed

Comment posted at 23:28 on 11th September 2007.

simpsons did it

Comment from Michael

by Michael

Comment posted at 00:15 on 12th September 2007.

Jon Stewart’s speech is the most moving seven minutes of TV I’ve ever witnessed. Thank your for your words. Our country needed to hear that.


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Comment from Anonymous

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 14:39 on 12th September 2007.

alesian_siege wrote Please enumerate for us those civil liberties you have lost.

See, there was this little thing called, “The Patriot Act” which was sort of a blank check for the government to, among other things enter anyone’s home at any time, tap their phones, and take or destroy whatever property they wished – The victim (formerly known as “innocent until proven guilty”) was not only unable to do anything about it, but the government could *legally* conceal/deny that they were ever there.

But then, I suppose me reminding you of just that one example would be considered dangerous and damaging hyperbole.

Comment from Annette Gallagher

by Annette Gallagher

Comment posted at 22:33 on 12th September 2007.

Moving and honest and better than anything the pros put out — but I wonder what he would have said if he’d known that we don’t get bin Laden, that we would lose so many freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism and that we get into a pointless war in Iraq that kills so many. He said the perfect thing at the right time, but given where we went, I wonder what he would say about it now.

Comment from Jim

by Jim

Comment posted at 01:20 on 13th September 2007.

Thanks for the honesty. Never lose that Jon.

Comment from Jason

by Jason

Comment posted at 07:54 on 13th September 2007.

The great thing about The Daily Show is that Jon has been commenting on this event and how the current administration has handled it ever since the show went back on the air. The most recent one that sticks out in my mind was his response to Bush’s speech about Japan’s pre-emptive strike on Pearl Harbor in comparison to Iraq. Jon: “And that is why, in 1941, America invaded China. What?”

Comment from LovesAmerica

by LovesAmerica

Comment posted at 16:49 on 26th October 2007.

Interesting stuff.

But have any of you watched the documentary, “911: In Plane Site”?

All the fottage coem from CBS’ own publicly released DVD on the events of that fateful day, September 11th.

I urge anyone who wants to start uncovering the real truth of what happened that day, to watch this doco.

I had to watch it several times, as I didn;t want to believe what I was seeing.

We have been fooled, and lied to and manipulated!

There was no “plane” in the wreckage at the Pentagon. There was no plane in the field in Pennsylvania, the two planes that hit the Twin Towers had no woindows, and a large “pod” of some sort attached to the underbelly.

And then there is the obvious explosions detonating in the buildings after the aircraft impacts.

The truth is terrifying…

Comment from Tsavo

by Tsavo

Comment posted at 05:58 on 24th June 2008.

Does ANYBODY know where i cna download this speech, its become such a pain to fidn and i know this needs to be preserved, i woud like to have a copy so i can show it to others. Thank you

Comment from Justin Ling

by Justin Ling

Comment posted at 05:31 on 17th August 2008.

This speech, now almost 7 years on, is still moving and important. I think the troubling thing about this video is not the attempt at humor (which was quite successful at a tough time) but was the nativity of not just Jon, but the country, and the world. I’m not going to go on and make another Bush-Is-A-War-Criminal speech, I just want to point out that no, watching these videos, it just feels as though the world had a chance to come together. What happened instead? War.

Comment from Vic

by Vic

Comment posted at 08:05 on 17th August 2008.

In my 53 years on this planet this is the single most moving moment of television I have ever seen. May it live forever.

“We’ve already won!”

Comment from /\/1994

by /\/1994

Comment posted at 05:53 on 19th August 2008.

how would stephen colbert do this?

Comment from William Haun

by William Haun

Comment posted at 02:35 on 12th September 2008.

Thanks so much for posting this.

Comment from Anonymous

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 20:45 on 12th September 2008.


You take every Documentary you watch as truth? Because there’s a HELL of a lot more evidence supporting the actual cause of this attack.

No one set US up. You got setup when you bought into that highly left-wing bullshit documentary.

Comment from Anonymous

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 01:40 on 3rd November 2008.

this is why i NEVER miss an episode of the daily show, because john stewart is the man.

Comment from AJ

by AJ

Comment posted at 06:07 on 4th December 2008.

Anonymous said : “highly left-wing bullshit documentary.”

Umm I don’t think left-wingers believe this BS anymore than conservatives. More like “highly insane”, or “highly inept”.

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Comment from From the other side of the pond

by From the other side of the pond

Comment posted at 15:35 on 16th September 2009.

Thank you for posting this. I will make a point of watching TDS.

Comment from Bob62

by Bob62

Comment posted at 07:36 on 13th October 2009.

America changed from a country of adventurers to a place of frightened ninnies, but it surely has happened. ,

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Comment from Cat's Eye

by Cat's Eye

Comment posted at 20:08 on 13th March 2010.

As a minor who is almost too young to remember the attacks and was definitely too young at the time to understand what they meant, this speech made me cry so hard I could not see the screen through my tears. We are human, and we love, and we hold each other. Not because it’s the right thing to do, or because it’s the smart thing to do, but because it’s what we do. Every day.

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Comment from Alt

by Alt

Comment posted at 22:17 on 21st July 2010.

I remember watching this original broadcast after several days of being bombarded with 9/11 coverage. I recall how much I needed some relief from that disaster and looking forward to Jon’s return to the air. Watching it again I still cried-but it was different given the historical context of his words from this side of the calendar. Thanks for sharing this!

Comment from Anonymous

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 20:10 on 29th August 2010.

Did Jon loose anyone in the attacks?

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