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Jon Stewart says torture re-classified as 'freedom tickling'
Comedy Central's satirical 'news anchor' Jon Stewart brought comic relief to election year politics and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal when he introduced his new book, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction (Warner Books; September 20, 2004) at BookExpo America 2004. After reporting that torture had been re-classified as 'freedom tickling,' the irreverent host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show, The Daily Show, took random questions from the audience, and in a tour de force comic improvisation, satirized everything in sight, including his own The Daily Show. With characteristic tongue-in-cheek deadpan humor, Stewart took on spin doctors, politicians and the media; did a riff on Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein; and even poked fun at the audience.

Book and Author Headlines

Art Spiegelman's first new book in a dozen years tells story of the day the world ended: Author of Maus depicts personal and political impressions of September 11, 2001, in new book, In the Shadow of No Towers

Graydon Carter reports human, social, economic and political costs of Bush years: Award-winning magazine editor details tangible and intangible costs of Bush war on terror in new book, What We've Lost

Jane Pauley's new book flies high on bestsellers lists; hits stores in time for new TV venture: New daytime talk show marks fresh chapter in TV anchor's career

Ron Suskind prays President Bush will embrace complexity, admit mistakes: Pulitzer Prize-winner calls out 'Mayberry Machiavellians' in White House; laments lack of interest in real facts and full disclosure

Maureen Dowd sees 'Freudian' teenage rebellion' in Bushworld: NY Times columnist finds 'darker, more complicated White House' under W

Donna Brazile blasts Conservatives: Former Gore campaign manager says right-wing 'hijacked God' and 'duped' Americans into war

P.J. O'Rourke says Jesus is his favorite comedian and Peace Kills: Irreverent author presents new book and likens Dems to farmers with three-legged pigs

Joe Wilson says Bush contact with criminal defense lawyer 'disconcerting': Former U.S. Ambassador autographs new book, The Politics of Truth; says truth is something Bush Administration is 'not familiar with'

Linda Chavez bashes labor union bosses; defends Bush, Reagan, and religion in politics: Political pundit says without labor unions Clinton would not have been President and John Kerry 'doesn't have a chance'

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