QOTD 2010-08-24: Jon Stewart on Constitutional Rights

I like Jon Stewart. Sure, we disagree politically on most issues, but even then he often has some insightful observations or some good points, and he’s good at making those points and observations in a way that makes you laugh, but still think about them. He is, first and foremost, an entertainer – and he is entertaining, whether you agree with him or not.

But he has also earned my deepest respect. He has earned this by the simple act of admitting he was wrong. Even more, he admitted this on his show, on national television, in front of millions of viewers. I seem to recall that he has done this before, but unfortunately I don’t remember when or what it was about.

The quote of the day?

I was angry. […] The point is, I was wrong and Heston was right. […] He’s still right.
-Jon Stewart

The willingness to publicly admit to one’s mistakes is a sign of an Honorable man. Whether you agree with his positions or not, he has shown honor and integrity, and he is worthy of respect.

The key part starts at about 7:13.  You can watch the original from The Daily Show site here.

(h/t Sebastian at Snowflakes in Hell)

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