The Catholic League recently manufactured some flap over a “Daily Show” segment which they claim is “anti-women” and “anti-Christian.”
First it should be noted that the folks at the Catholic League are no saints when it comes to exercising the right to free speech, having apparently slandered Hillary Rosen, compared Kathleen Sebelius to neo-Nazis and skinheads, and lied about statements from the founder of planned parenthood in an attempt to portray her as a racist.
Having said that, I certainly support their right to free speech and to pressure the sponsors of Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show.” But I would hope that these advertisers would realize, like the Kellogg company did, that the Catholic League has only 233,000 members while “The Daily Show” has over 2.3 million views per episode. I doubt very highly that the viewers of “The Daily Show” see this joke in the same light as the Catholic League and suspect that the vast majority of the “complaints” that “The Daily Show” advertisers will receive will not be from people who actually watch the show.
With this in mind I think viewers of “The Daily Show” who support the show’s right to free speech should use the “Daily Show” advertiser contact list the Catholic League has been kind enough to provide and defend the right of “The Daily Show” to speak its mind, even if that might offend a teeny tiny portion of the population.