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White House Says Comedian Jon Stewart 'Put Awareness' On 9/11 Health Bill

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images for Comedy Central(WASHINGTON) -- The White House said Tuesday that comedian Jon Stewart has "put the awareness" around the 9/11 health care responders legislation, hoping that will lead to additional Republican votes for the bill.

"If there's the ability for that to sort of breakthrough in our political environment, I think there's a good chance that he can help do that," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. "I think he has put the awareness around this legislation -- he's put that awareness into what you guys cover each day, and I think that's good."

Last Thursday Jon Stewart devoted an episode of The Daily Show to the bill, a move that raised the public profile of the story, helping to bring the issue into the national spotlight.  Gibbs said Tuesday that he hopes Stewart can convince the Republicans further in a final push for passage.

"It seems, at the end of a long year, around the holiday season, a pretty awful thing to play politics about. But that's a decision that 42 Republican senators are going to have to make."

Likewise on Capitol Hill, Stewart is getting praise for putting a spotlight on the issue.

"We were making significant progress, but Jon Stewart really took the push for the 9/11 bill into overdrive by doing two separate nights' worth of coverage last week, and drawing attention to this that the networks had not," Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., said in a statement Monday.

"He did a good thing," Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., told ABC News when asked on Capitol Hill. 

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Jon Stewart Next US President?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images for Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- If Americans had to choose, which they don’t, they would elect political satirist Jon Stewart as President of the United States, over political satirist Stephen Colbert.

Forty-two percent of registered voters in a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll said they would support Stewart over Colbert, who received just 22 percent of the vote. Twenty-one percent wouldn’t support either.

Fittingly, the two also plan to go head-to-head Saturday in their own marches on The National Mall. Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, has described his “Rally to Restore Sanity” as “Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement.”

Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, countered with the “March to Keep Fear Alive,” specifically the fear “that someone might take our Freedom and Liberty.” His website urged packing “five extra sets of underwear.”

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Thousands to Voice Frustrations at Stewart, Colbert Rally

Photo Courtesy - Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central(WASHINGTON) -- Thousands of supporters from across the country and Canada are expected in Washington to attend Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity" and "March to Keep Fear Alive" this Saturday.

More than 220,000 people have confimed they are attending on the event's official Facebook page.  The National Park Service application, however, only estimated 25,000 people would attend the event, which is scheduled to last from noon to 3 p.m.

The rally is billed as a chance for people to voice their frustrations with American politics and the media, and, of course, be entertained.

"I personally have been frustrated with what I view as a lot of hypocrisy in politics," Miko Wilford, a 24-year-old psychology graduate student from Iowa State University, said.  "I feel The Daily Show and the Colbert Report do a good job of pointing out the hypocrisies."

For those coming from outside the U.S., it's a way to understand American politics better.

"I just think it's a really good opportunity to meet people who have a sense of humor about American politics," said Keirstead Farris, a 44-year-old custom T-shirt business owner from Vancouver.  "Coming from an outsider, it sounds like Americans are constantly being told to be afraid, but they aren't being told what to be afraid of.  Despite the fact that Jon Stewart is a TV host and the rally is based on a platform on comedy, I feel that Jon Stewart has more to say about politics than any pundit."

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Fired CNN Host Rick Sanchez Apologizes to Jon Stewart

Photo Courtesy -- CNN(NEW YORK) -- Fired CNN host Rick Sanchez apologized to Daily Show host Jon Stewart and anyone else he may have offended with his "inartful comments" during a radio show last week.

"I am very much opposed to hate and intolerance, in any form, and I have frequently spoken out against prejudice," he said in a prepared statement. "Despite what my tired and mangled words may have implied, they were never intended to suggest any sort of narrow-mindedness and should never have been made."

Sanchez, the former host of CNN's Rick's List, made the derogatory comments about Stewart and Jewish people last Thursday on the radio show Stand Up! With Pete Dominick in reaction to a recent jab that Stewart made at him on Comedy Central's The Daily Show. When Sanchez reported that he'd received a tweet from House Republican Leader John Boehner, Stewart called it a case of "send a twit a tweet."

Sanchez said that he believed Stewart was bigoted toward "everybody else that's not like him."

Sanchez, who was born in Cuba, added that Stewart "can't relate to what I grew up with," and said how, as he was growing up, his family was poor and his father was a victim of prejudice.

Dominick, who is also a CNN contributor and was once the warm-up comic for The Daily Show, pointed out that Stewart, who is Jewish, comes from a minority group. Sanchez dismissed the notion.

"I'm telling you that everyone 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," Sanchez said.

"I can't see someone not getting a job these days because they're Jewish," he added.

Dominick pressed Sanchez during the heated interview, and eventually Sanchez backed down on his use of the word bigot.

"OK. I'll take bigot back," he said. "[Stewart is] prejudicial."

Stewart is "not just a comedian," he said. "He can make and break careers."

CNN issued the following statement late last Friday: "Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well."

Jon Stewart responded on Saturday at Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars at New York's Beacon Theater.

"If you went on radio and said the Jews control the may want to hold on to your money," Stewart said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Anchor Rick Sanchez Out At CNN After Calling Jon Stewart, Execs Bigots

Photo Courtesy -- CNN(NEW YORK) -- CNN anchor Rick Sanchez is no longer working at the cable network according to a statement from the company. 

The network's statement regarding the end of Sanchez' employment follows remarks Sanchez made during a radio interview Thursday referring to Daily Show host Jon Stewart and executives at CNN as bigots.  During the interview, Sanchez also mocked a suggestion that Jews are a minority. 

CNN has yet to confirm whether Sanchez quit or was fired. 

Comedy Central's Steve Albani, senior vice president of corporate communications, had "no comment" at this time.

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