Photo Credit: Joshua Nass
Jon Stewart's The Daily Show wanted Josh Nass (right) to talk about Obamacare, but instead, Nass challenged Jon Stewart to a debate about Israel. Nothing doing.

Jon Stewart, beloved and wildly popular comedian is, sad to say, also a bully and a coward. We don’t use these words lightly, especially given how loyal and enormous his following is, but, well – you decide.

First, let’s put it out there that nearly everyone thinks Stewart is funny. His following is biggest in the all-important 18 – 49 year old cohort.


The Daily Show with Jon Stewart bills itself as a “fake news show.” But for years Stewart has been slamming Israel and its treatment of Palestinian Arabs.

Stewart’s slams against Israel are presented not as mere humor, but instead as truth dressed up as if he is the “bad boy saying what others won’t” angle.  That’s where his shtick fits in with the comedy. It’s as if he’s bold enough to say out loud what others will only think. Of course he’s wrong about that, there is nothing refreshingly scandalous about the anti-Israel trope.

But what Jon Stewart isn’t, is an expert on the Middle East. Heck, based on the things he has said in his impromptu forays into the topic, he isn’t even passably knowledgeable about who and what Hamas is or does or believes or is trying to do to Gazans, let alone to Israelis and to all  Jews. And Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, you too are on their hit list, as are members of the Rotary organization and the Masons as well, bizarrely enough. Just take a look at the Hamas Charter.

In the middle of this Gaza war, Stewart did a bit about the “knock on the roof” warning to Gazans which alerts them to leave their homes because the IDF is going to be defending itself against weapons stored or ones being fired against them from within or around those homes.

Stewart compares the “knock on the roof” warning, which is the detonation of a small explosive that does no harm, to the tzeva adom system which warns Israelis of incoming missiles and mortars from Gaza.

Stewart thinks it is outrageous for Israel to use what he says is a “small bomb” warning to Gazans, but uses a mere sound alert to Israelis. Imagine that. Israel doesn’t use message bombs on the individual houses as warnings. So unfair, Stewart claims. It could be funny, but only if you refuse to consider the context. If you do that, Stewart is the one that is unfair.

Last week Stewart’s producer reached out to Joshua Nass, a newly-minted college graduate who is both politically conservative and strongly pro-Israel. The invite was for him to talk about negative points regarding Obamacare.

No doubt the interview would be taped, then heavily edited. Then Stewart would make some sly comments, Nass would appear with one or two sentences to which Stewart would respond with his trademark wide eyed stares and smirks. The point of the segment would be to assure people viewers that anyone who doesn’t love Obamacare is a pointy-headed meanie.

But Nass didn’t relish the role of darts target for Stewart.

Nass and some of his cohorts are beginning to forge a new reputation to what so many older pro-Israel folks thinks is a lost generation. Like some of his former classmates, Nass leapt to correct inaccuracies bandied about on college campuses regarding the Middle East conflict and even about Obamacare and other icons of the left.

So Nass made a different proposal to Stewart’s producer.

Nass challenged Stewart to a debate about Israel. This would be one segment about Israel on the Daily Show that had actual facts to rebut Stewart’s callow barbs. Why not? Stewart has already put himself out there as someone qualified to talk about the Middle East conflict. He’s been talking about “Israel’s soul-crushing segmentation of Gaza” for years, and Nass is, after all, merely a recent college grad, not someone who has studied the field and has a PhD or two under his belt, which might create an unbalanced playing field.


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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email:


  1. The american media has all ways been at odds with its population its a whore to the highest bidder… the usual call him a self hating jew or a clown, but the real clowns are the traitors and i have to believe at some point will come awakening and retribution.

  2. This is a very poorly written article. The Daily Show seems to do a very good job of not taking conversations out of context, but you are accusing them of doing it all the time? Also, how do any of the remarks in the article make Stewart a bully and a coward? Seems the only coward here is Lori Marcus. With these kinds of analogies, I’m sure Fox News would love to hire you.

  3. Only funny thing about this self-hating Jew is how his “Racial-Hygiene-Intifada” talk has become the policy of the U.S. and Intifada Kerry’s final solution for Total-Genocide and Nation-Suicide; the Qatari-ISIS-Obama up-dated Tehcir Laws and the Colonial-High-Commissioner in Doha, with an address in D.C.

  4. Actually, this is an excellent article! Jon Stewart is an extremely clever comedian/talk show host/political pundit (as long as he sticks to American politics)! However, he IS a self-hating Jew (that’s been obvious for many, many years) and

  5. Jon is also ignorant about Judaism (he certainly knows nothing about the holidays) and has long been anti-Israel even though he is totally clueless about Israel’s history or the political situation in the Middle East, especially in Israel or in Gaza!!!

  6. hey what do you expect from a self haing Jewish man who does’nt follow in step with all the venomous naysayers on Fox, please, I quit watching that garbage back in 2006

  7. Hey guys, I think you’re forgetting that the focus of The Daily Show is comedy, not straight-up shtickless debates about the news. I bet Jon Stewart would invite Nass on the show to talk tachlis about Israel if a couple other comics came on with him — such as Joan Rivers, Howard Stern and Jackie Mason. Jon could roll his eyes, utter a few OY VEYs, remain his politically correct and funny self — the ratings would go through the roof and the audience would make up their own minds what to believe.

  8. The few excerpts of his show that I’ve seen demonstrate that he is, at best, woefully ignorant of Israel and Judaism, and at worst antagonistic to both in order to get a laugh.

  9. ” The Daily Show seems to do a very good job of not taking conversations out of context, but you are accusing them of doing it all the time?”

    No, only when it suits his left-wing narrative; that way, he can push his agenda AND maintain some credibility by claiming partial accuracy. 

  10. I don’t think he’s clever at all– just ruthless in his lies, and so he deceives the ignorant into thinkining he speaks the truth– like when he claims that ending the Bush tax-cuts would pay the national debt– which implies that every taxpayer has their prices too low, since they could make more money by raising them.  
    But this sails right over the head of Generation Stupid, so they laugh like monkeys. 
    Overall, Stewart peddles the false dichotomy that “if I show that someone else is wrong, then I must therefore be RIGHT,” when in reality there’s a no-limit policy on stupidity, and Stewart throws stones from a glass house, in order to call the kettle black.  

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