When it comes to online petitions, they usually don’t mean much. However, the interest of the public is important to television broadcasters of the presidential debates. They’d love to boost ratings by hiring a charismatic moderator beloved by the Internet. These events also demand a moderator who could handle the difficult Donald Trump, who (bizarrely) believes he can demand $10 million as an appearance fee. Trump says he’d give the money to charity, but do you trust a man who can’t even apply his orange makeup in a seamless manner? Probably not.
Onto the real discussion — a Change.org petition demands that Jon Stewart host one of the three major presidential debates. The document, which is two weeks old, picked up steam a few day ago. It now sits at more than 100,000 signatures and counting. The petition cites Stewart’s “influential and iconic nature” in covering politics:
“Jon Stewart is more than qualified to tackle the moderating job,” the petition states. “Mr. Stewart has interviewed 15 heads of state, 22 members of the United States Cabinet, 32 members of the United States Senate, 7 members of the United States House of Representatives, and scores of other political leaders from this country and around the world while establishing himself as the most trusted person in (satirical) news.”
We ask that the Commission on Presidential Debates consider and provide the opportunity to Mr. Stewart to host one of the three major presidential debates directly preceding the 2016 election. We also wish for a public response to this petition.
Could this happen? Sure. Will it happen? There’s no telling until we hear a response from Stewart. Certainly, he’s a bit busy hosting WWE SummerSlam this weekend. The man may technically be retired, but he’s awfully in demand.