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Oh boy!  The Daily Show may or may not be airing a "special" tonight about forgetting the lessons learned on 9/11/2001 just a mere two days later.  Special focus is paid on how the right-wing exploits it for their own agenda, and on how companies are trying to make a quick buck on 9/11 via commercialization.  They had a promo for it on last night's show.

VOICEOVER: Coming soon, a very special television event.

LESTER HOLT: A day we will never forget.

JON SCOTT: It changed our lives.

MAN ON FOX NEWS: It's going to be a day that's going to live in infamy.

GLENN BECK: It took me about a year to start hating the 9/11 victims' families.  It took me about a year.

WYATT CENAC, DAILY SHOW CORRESPONDENT: I'll never forget where I was when I heard Ann Coulter call the 9/11 widows "witches and harpies".  The first time she said it, I thought it was an accident, but then she said it a second time, and I realized, oh my God, the 9/11 widows are under attack!

....

COIN COMMERCIAL: 24-karat gold and in .999 pure silver, actually recovered from vaults beneath the ashes of Ground Zero.

....

SAM BEE, DAILY SHOW CORRESPONDENT: This is real.  You can drink this....  If you're a fucking asshole.

Video and transcript below the fold.  And tune in tonight to see the full thing!

Now yesterday, obviously, marked the 10th anniversary of a day when Americans, faced with unspeakable tragedy, came together as one people to comfort and strengthen one another.  But as I watched the many, many moving tributes on television, I couldn't help but recall that tomorrow, September 13th, marks another milestone for us as a nation.
9/13/2001:

REV. JERRY FALWELL: I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say, "You helped this happen."

PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur.

9|13|2001: The day we began to pull apart again.  Please join us tomorrow evening here at Comedy Central as we commemorate, with a special, that very important day.

VOICEOVER: Coming soon, a very special television event.

LESTER HOLT: A day we will never forget.

JON SCOTT: It changed our lives.

MAN ON FOX NEWS: It's going to be a day that's going to live in infamy.

GLENN BECK: It took me about a year to start hating the 9/11 victims' families.  It took me about a year.

WYATT CENAC, DAILY SHOW CORRESPONDENT: I'll never forget where I was when I heard Ann Coulter call the 9/11 widows "witches and harpies".  The first time she said it, I thought it was an accident, but then she said it a second time, and I realized, oh my God, the 9/11 widows are under attack!

VOICEOVER: Americans, sustained by their faith, in the wrongness of other people's faith.

FLIP BENHAM: Islam is a lie from the pit of hell.

ALI VELSHI: An atheist group is suing over a cross that's scheduled to be displayed at the 9/11 memorial and museum in New York City

MONICA CROWLEY: We strip faith out of these services completely, and make it totally secular, then that's a victory for the terrorists.

AL MADRIGAL, DAILY SHOW CORRESPONDENT: Remember when we spent a year screaming at each other over the location of a mosque?  What the fuck was that?

NEAL ASBURY: This Islamic center will be seen as a victory for our enemies

JAY SEKULOW: You're going to put a monument for the terrorists on the site of 9/11?

VOICEOVER: We watched as the tragic images became wallpaper for any 9/11-related story.

JASON JONES, DAILY SHOW CORRESPONDENT: I will never forget September 11th, 2006.  I turned on the TV and saw a plane hit a building, and I thought, Holy Jesus, we've been attacked again!  And by the time I realized it was just MSNBC re-airing their original 9/11 coverage, it was too late.  I'd already shit my pants.

VOICEOVER: After 9/11, artists struggled to find meaning in the tragedy, or failing that, would simply use it as the gratuitous plot twist in a romantic movie starring that vampire kid.

OLIVIA MUNN, DAILY SHOW CORRESPONDENT: I... you know, I can't even watch that scene without getting choked up because I auditioned for the part of the female lead in that movie, and I mean, she's fine.  It's just... um... sorry.  I'm sorry, can we cut?

VOICEOVER: And of course, the cheapening.

BRIT HUME: Volunteers for Giuliani plan to ask donors for contributions of 9 dollars, 11 cents, or, of course, $9.11.

COIN COMMERCIAL: 24-karat gold and in .999 pure silver, actually recovered from vaults beneath the ashes of Ground Zero.

HOME SHOPPING NETWORK: You can see the American flag and the Twin Towers.

FOX NEWS: There you see the 9/11 Memorial commemorative merlot and chardonnay.

SAM BEE, DAILY SHOW CORRESPONDENT: This is real.  You can drink this....  If you're a fucking asshole.

VOICEOVER: Join us on 9/13, as we remember the day we started to forget.

We'll be right back.

Jon also noted how much better Obama looks now that he's in campaign mode, and wonders if that could solve our nation's woes.

Jon's guest was Adm. Mike Mullen.

Meanwhile, Stephen noted Tim Pawlenty's endorsement of Mitt Romney, and then he also looked at the commercialization of 9/11.

Originally posted to BruinKid on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Electronic America: Progressives Film, music & Arts Group.

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