Jon Stewart's crowdfunding campaign: "Let's buy CNN"

For $5 million CNN will air a "24-hour, two-week hunt for your lost car keys"

Published July 23, 2014 2:20PM (EDT)

 Jon Stewart Kickstarter      (screenshot)
Jon Stewart Kickstarter (screenshot)

Last night on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart gleefully discussed media baron Rupert Murdoch.

"Rupert Murdoch is in the news!" Stewart said excitedly, "What did he do now? Publish royal up-skirts, phone-hack orphans, eat a dingo who had just recently eaten a baby?"

Murdoch had recently attempted to buy Time Warner, but the mogul's $80 billion offer was turned down. This doesn't mean that the dogged Murdoch will give up, according CNN's Erin Burnett. Stewart jokes about the obstinate Murdoch not taking no for an answer, distastefully calling Murdoch the “date rapist of media barons.” (And proving that date-rape jokes are never funny, seriously, Stewart, don't make the joke.)

If Murdoch succeeds in conquering Time Warner, he'll have to divest CNN because he cannot own both CNN and Fox.

Enter Stewart's plan to save CNN, which has an estimated selling price of $10 billion.

“That’s a lot of money for anyone, but not a lot of money for everyone,” Stewart said. “Which is why tonight we are starting our Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN.”, exists, although it doesn't seem to be linked with a real Kickstarter. Watch the clip below:

By Sarah Gray

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