The Best Daily Show Clip of 2013: Stop and Frisk for Wall Street

A correspondent points out that Mayor Michael Bloomberg fits the profile of a white-collar criminal. 

Humor isn't easily ranked, but my personal pick for the most incisive televised satire clip of 2013 is this Daily Show segment riffing on New York's stop-and-frisk policy:

Imagine the reaction if NYPD officers treated folks who fit the profile of Wall Street lawbreakers in the same way they treat the multitude of innocents who are stopped, pushed against walls, and frisked in poor NYC neighborhoods each day. Do you think intrusive searches of big banks would yield criminal findings a higher or lower percentage of the time than street searches turn up guns?

Of course, if you like your humor more absurdist, as I often do, you might prefer this take on the subject:

Bloomberg Defends NYPD’s Controversial Stop And Kiss Program

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Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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