12/27/2010 12:22 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jon Stewart 'The Modern-Day Equivalent Of Edward R. Murrow?': NYT

Did the bill pledging federal funds for the health care of 9/11 responders become law in the waning hours of the 111th Congress only because a comedian took it up as a personal cause?

And does that make that comedian, Jon Stewart -- despite all his protestations that what he does has nothing to do with journalism -- the modern-day equivalent of Edward R. Murrow?