‘Daily Show’ Devotes Most Of Program To 9/11 Health

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The 9/11 health bill has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, but remains stalled in the U.S. Senate.

On Thursday night, a majority of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” was devoted to the issue.

In the first segment, Stewart gave the regular newscaster take on the story – pointing out a lack of coverage from the major U.S. broadcast TV networks in their evening broadcasts and a strong bit of coverage from Al-Jazeera.

In the second segment, Stewart conducted a long on-set interview with four 9/11 first responders, all of them battling illnesses – including cancer and brain issues – acquired after time on, in, and around the pile at Ground Zero.

The third segment was an interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has a new Christmas book out. But most of that interview as broadcast ended up focusing on the 9/11 health bill.

LINK: Watch the Full Episode

Thursday’s edition was the show’s last new one for the rest of the year.

The James Zadroga bill provides billions in funding to pay for responders to fight the illnesses they now have as a result of responding to one of our county’s darkest hours.

Police were on hand when 9/11 first responders marched on Capitol Hill on Thursday, urging Republican Senators to pass the bill.

After a meeting with Maine Republican Susan Collins, they walked away believing they have enough votes for passage.

Advocate John Feal tells the New York Daily News he was assured that if the bill goes to the Senate floor next week, it will be approved.

If no action is taken quickly, the legislation will be all but dead in the next Congress.

It is also hoped that having the tax cut bill out of the way will be good for the 9/11 health bill.

The number of New Yorkers getting treatment for illnesses that might be related to the toxic aftermath of 9/11 is slowly rising.

The National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health said Wednesday that as of Sept. 30, nearly 17,000 people had received care within the past year from health programs for people exposed to dust and fumes from the ruined World Trade Center.

That number was up about 7 percent from the start of the summer of 2009.

Most of the people getting care were firefighters, construction workers, police and other personnel who responded to the disaster.

About 2,500 neighborhood residents also got treatment within the past year.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


One Comment

  1. Rod says:

    Gave up on network and 24-hour cable news long ago. I try to catch BBC America’s broadcast because it covers international news.

    I tried Al Jazeera English after Jon Stewart’s show the other night and liked it (especially since I don’t have to worry about Donald Rumsfeld shipping me off to GITMO for daring to look at an Arab website).

  2. akismet-8970f61dd51630cf920a41be8c8dc93b says:

    Don’t get me wrong, the Daily Show & Jon Stewart were great last night, but the implications of Stewart’s words 3,378 days ago, and what they show about todays sordid debate seem (to me at least) even more relevant.

    Check it out:


  3. timo portland says:

    this was hardly comedy, it was not funny at all. basically it was just a partisan slam on the republicans. i agree this is a very important piece of legislation. my question is why did the democratic leadership of both houses let it go to the end of the session. i usually like this show because it is funny. maybe john stewert needs a different line of work???

    1. Michael H. says:

      The Republicans are the ones turning this into a partisan issue. The House passed this bill in September after the Republicans there fought against it and the Senate Republicans have been filibustering it ever since for various reasons. One reason was that the bill had no language to prevent illegals from obtaining healthcare (wedge issue, yay!), and another was they don’t like how the bill is paid for (closes a corporate tax loophole). Yet another reason it is being filibustered is that the Republicans said “nothing gets done until we extend the tax cuts, and we don’t extend the tax cuts unless the rich get theirs too”. Guess what…the tax cuts got passed, are they going to fall back on the whole “b-b-b-but them illegals are going to take our money!”?

      This is ALL on the Republicans and Stewart was absolutely right to take the jabs at the GOP. They are behaving like children and nobody is calling them on it except Stewart and AL JAZEERA (and one guy on Fox News)

    2. life is good says:

      “timo portland” On the contrary, Jon Stewart is to be commended for devoting so much time to this topic which directly affects the very health and well being of thousands of human being who fell victim to terrorists who attack our country. What Democrats did or did not do earlier this year is water under the bridge … the legislation has been passed in the House and needs only two Republicans in the Senate to get to President Obama for his signature.

      Thank you Jon Stewart for putting The GOP’s feet to the fire.

  4. abby says:

    I am utterly appalled and ashamed that our elected officials are more concerned about making sure the richest get their tax cuts but don’t have the time or interest in helping those who responded to one of nation’s worst disasters. Shameful!! Write your senators and representative and tell them to pass the bill NOW!

    As for the first responders and those who came to help at 9/11 and their families, thank you for your sacrifice and your humanity. I wish you all the very best. God bless you all.

  5. Tim B. says:

    CBS trips over themselves to make sure they dont blame Republicans. No mention of how they are filibustering this for purely political reasons. Yet another inept news agency that bows to the GOP

    1. Michael H. says:

      Damn that liberal main stream…wait…liberal?

  6. Susan D says:

    I concur Michael H. But what is more astonishing is that Al Jazeera is the only network that gave this issue the coverage and respect it so richly deserves! I am dumbfounded !!!!!

    1. Michael H. says:

      Watch Al Jazeera English once in a while for a breath of fresh air when the daily nonsense from the MSM and cable news channels gets to be too suffocating. They are surprisingly thorough in their reporting!

  7. Michael H. says:

    American heroes are suffering and the one to stand up for them is a FREAKING COMEDIAN! What is wrong with this picture?

    The Republicans have lost the right to ever again use 9/11 for their political gain.

    1. Tracy Christian-Coady says:

      the Republicans as well as all the conservative talkers who use 911 to gain ratings and to denigrate anyone who disagrees with them….these people ran TOWARD danger, spent months digging out their co-workers, friends, fellow Americans and victims, and THIS is how we show our gratitude????

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