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“Daily Show” breaks down the most patriotic news stories of the year: “Devout religiosity paired with gun-toting paranoia — very American!”

These are the stories that best embody our great nation


Colin Gorenstein
April 17, 2015 5:57PM (UTC)

If not the correspondents over at "The Daily Show," who else is going to properly honor the news stories that've managed to capture the entire essence of our great nation in just a few words?

Bringing Samantha Bee and Jessica Williams to the stage, Jon Stewart rolled out the segment "'Mercun Awards" -- a segment which honored America's brave patriots such as that guy who burned himself while praying over a sizzling hot plate of Applebee's fajitas earlier this year. The story prompts Stewart to burst out in song ("BURNED IN THE USA!") and a reduced-to-tears Samantha Bee to award the story with the top honor: "two guns f**king each other."

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Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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