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Jon Stewart: ‘Evil is Rare, Ignorance is Epidemic’

Daily Show host and Rosewater director Jon Stewart spoke to PBS’ Charlie Rose this week to call on journalism and technology to help cure the “epidemic” of “ignorance.”

“Evil is relatively rare. Ignorance is epidemic,” Stewart said. “The cure for that is journalism and expression. Technology’s democratized who is going to be bearing witness.”

Discussing the jailing of journalist Maziar Bahari in Iran, the subject of Rosewater, Stewart said, “He felt a responsibility as the only professionally-trained journalist still there shooting. So he captured it and he got it uploaded.”

Stewart explained that with news outlets cutting back on resources, bloggers and activists are putting their freedom on the line to “have a witness” to ongoing injustices in their countries.

Discussing the film itself, Stewart said that Iranian news outlets have accused him of being a tool for the CIA and Mossad.

“I’m one of the few people who has been accused of being a Zionist and anti-Zionist,” Stewart said. “It’s like a Venn diagram, when it comes together there’s only like three of us in there.”

“That’s good,” Bahari chimed in. “I would hate it for the Revolutionary Guards to write a complimentary letter to Jon Stewart saying, “Death to all Jews except for Jon Stewart,” and “You’re the only Jew that we like, in this film you really understand our values.”

Rosewater, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, opens in theaters November 14.

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  • Thom Lee

    I love intelligence and calm rationality!

    Wars and bombings are pretty much like spanking. If it was affective/effective. It would only have to happen once to change behavior.

    Educating through communication is a better way to bring about change.