The Common Good

Jon Stewart and Mike Huckabee on Abortion

He did it again. Soon after my post about interviewing Jon Stewart, his interview with Mike Huckabee about abortion was brought to my attention. I was surprised and impressed to see The Daily Show handle with nuance and respect a topic that is often just a shouting match on news shows and in our public discourse.

They didn't solve the issue, but the depth of their dialogue and their respect for the other's core values and opinions was clear. Huckabee began the interview by explaining that, unfortunately, this debate often ends up "generating more heat than light." He also stated strongly that he does not believe abortion is murder and it doesn't help the debate to call it that.

Stewart ended the interview in a position of humility that I'm not sure I've ever seen on cable news before:

I can be incredibly certain about so many issues

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