NBC and CBS Hype Push to Have Jon Stewart Moderate 2016 Debate

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<p>Just two weeks after the broadcast networks <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/scott-whitlock/2015/08/06/liberal-nets-…; target="_blank">mourned &ldquo;cultural icon&rdquo; Jon Stewart</a> leaving <em>The Daily Show</em>, Friday&rsquo;s NBC <em>Today</em> and <em>CBS This Morning</em> touted an online petition on the liberal <a href="https://www.change.org/p/we-want-jon-stewart-to-moderate-a-2016-preside…; target="_blank">Change.org website</a> urging the Commission on Presidential Debates to select the left-wing comedian as a 2016 debate moderator.</p>

<p>On <em>Today</em>, co-host Matt Lauer wondered: <strong>&ldquo;Could the presidential race be in Jon Stewart&#39;s future?&rdquo;</strong> Fill-in weatherperson Dylan Dryer followed: &ldquo;Well, that&rsquo;s the hope of a lot of people....<strong>A Change.org petition requesting Stewart moderate one of the 2016 presidential debates has been signed almost 140,000 times and that number is growing by the second.&rdquo;</strong></p>

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