"It doesn't seem to dawn on our pundits and leaders that when two dozen Iraqi police recruits are murdered by a car bomb it sends a shock wave through entire communities, leaving untold grieving widows, parents, siblings, children, friends, and co-workers behind to nurse their pain and rage. Imagine the impact it would have if 50 police or army recruits were wiped out over the course of a week in this country. Now imagine 50 dying every single week with no relief in sight and tell me the U.S. wouldn't be suffering a national nervous breakdown." -- James Wolcott, Vanity Fair
"I've been on lots of programs, including very prominent news programs, but the amount of people, sometimes on the street, who would stop me and say, `I saw you on "Jon Stewart,"' is just stunning. You have a new world in which it's not at all clear where America is going to be getting its news from in five years. I'm grateful that Jon Stewart is so thoughtful, but we cannot exist as a nation dependent on the thoughtfulness of our comedians." -- Floyd Abrams in the Chicago Tribune
"The worst part, right up there with an aged elephant being abused to death, is that the entire affair forces even the most hardened, sirloin-chomping cynic to wonder: my God, maybe PETA's right . . ." -- The Sun-Times's Neil Steinberg on the death of Lincoln Park Zoo's elephant Winkie.