Jon Stewart Appointed to 9/11 Board

Even Jon Stewart might have a hard time turning this one into comic fodder: The host of the satirical news program The Daily Show was appointed Thursday to the board of the September 11th memorial and museum. In December, Stewart invited several first responders onto his show for a frank discussion about their health benefits, after Stewart had spent weeks trying to push Congress into passing the blocked 9/11 First Responders Bill. Many credited Stewart’s efforts as a driving force behind Congress’ eventual action. Joseph C. Daniels, the president and chief executive of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, called Stewart a “passionate advocate of 9/11 workers.” Stewart joins 47 other members of the board, including Robert de Niro and Billy Crystal, and the board is presided over by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.