by Edd Doerr
Bill Donohue, the bully who is president of the extreme right Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, has a 1/4 page ad on the NY Times op ed page on May 21 attacking comic Jon Stewart. Several weeks ago Stewart, one of the funniest guys on TV, made fun of Fox News for ignoring the "war on women" and reportedly said "Maybe women could protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions with vaginal mangers." Donohue then notes (I missed that Stewart show) that "On the screen behind him was the picture of a naked woman with her legs spread and a nativity scene ornament in between."
Donohue urges readers to e-mail Steve Albani, communications head at Comedy Central, [email@example.com] to complain about Stewart. Donohue, who has a long history of bullying people he disagrees with, writes that "We want everyone to know what this man stands for and how he treats Christianity." Note that Stewart is Jewish, so Donohue's screed may give off a whiff of anti-Semitism.
I would like to urge all readers of this blog to e-mail Albani and urge Comedy Central to ignore Donohue's efforts to pressure advertisers into dumping on Stewart. Stewart's four nights per week of biting satire is more informative than most newscasts. His satire hits everyone, left and right and center. He is a brilliant successor to Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce.