Jon Stewart Launches 'Kickstarter' to Buy CNN

Parody site promises perks for contributors who pony up
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2014 11:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – Time Warner kicked Rupert Murdoch’s $80 billion takeover bid to the curb last week, but the media giant is still trying to woo the cable telecommunications company by raising more money, reports Bloomberg. One wrench in that plan? Jon Stewart ... kinda. The host of The Daily Show last night announced his own "Kickstarter campaign" to buy CNN, which is owned by Time Warner. The campaign—check it out at—has some pretty sweet rewards: Depending on the amount of cash that’s offered, contributors can appear in a “CNN 21” box ($10), do drugs with journalist Fareed Zakaria (a slightly steeper $25,000), or participate in an around-the-clock two-week hunt for your car keys (that will set you back $5 million). The wealthy benefactor who offers $10 billion to meet Stewart’s goal receives the ultimate prize: a couch simulator featuring correspondent Martin Savidge.

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