A reader voices a sentiment that is gathering steam:
I hereby call upon President Bush to intervene and bring an end to the strike of the Writers Guild of America. This is a time of war and national emergency. With the Iowa caucuses less than a month away, and the choice of our next president in the balance, America desperately needs The Daily Show.
There is precedent. In 1950, with the United States involved in the police action war in Korea, President Truman seized the nation's steel plants after labor negotiations failed between the United Steel Workers of America and the steel industry. President Truman's action led to the landmark Supreme Court case of Youngstrown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, 343 U.S. 579 (1952), in which the opinion of Justice Robert H. Jackson, a former prosecutor of war crimes at Nuremberg, described the limits on executive power in times of war.
Today, as President Bush's executive branch commits war crimes while denying any limit on its executive power, we again face a national emergency. The strike-imposed silence of Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show has left America without a crucial source of actual information. Democracy is at risk!
It's time--finally--for President Bush to act like Truman. Please, President Bush, end the strike and bring back The Daily Show before it's too late!
I think it's a joke. But then I thought Sheryl Crow was serious.