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Subject: Re: Jon Stewart should host the Oscars Date: 3/2/2005 8:03 AM
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Carson and Hope never did that and they are revered as two of the best emcee's the event has ever had.

I can't imagine why you say that. Both Carson and Hope used "the President", whoever it was at the time, as fodder for their material. They made political jokes ALL THE TIME, including at the Academy Award ceremonies they hosted.

How about this one, from the Academy Award ceremony in 1981, hosted by Carson:

in 1981, the day after President Reagan had been shot. After Reagan made a short appearance via satellite, Carson joked, "The president has asked for severe cuts in aid to the arts and humanities. It's Reagan's strongest attack on the arts since he signed with Warner Bros."
http://u.presstelegram.com/Stories/0,1413,218%257E26858%257E2735984,00.html

His consolation gift was to host the [Academy Awards] ceremony more often than anyone and to be master of ceremonies at the first televised show in 1953. [Bob] Hope was America's king of comedy during his heyday, ribbing his Hollywood comrades and making fun of politicians in a good-natured way.
http://www.augustachronicle.com/stories/032002/fea_oscar11.shtml

The difference, I think, is the polarization extant today, fueled in part by people who make baseless charges and rewrite history and by politicians who marginalize those in the country who disagree with them.
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