Jon Stewart's Ridiculous $10B Plan To Buy CNN

The "Daily Show" host launched a fake fundraising page pretending to drum up money to buy the network before Rupert Murdoch snatches Time Warner.
Posted at 7:15 PM, Jul 23, 2014

He's long been a thorn in CNN's side — criticizing and critiquing just about everything from the 24-hour news network. (Via Getty Images)  

"They realized, 'Oh s***, we still have 23 hours and 59 minutes left to fill.'" (Via Comedy Central / "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"

Now it looks like Jon Stewart is trying to be an even bigger pain.

It all stems from Rupert Murdoch's recent bid to buy Time Warner. If he were to be successful, under U.S. law, he'd likely have to sell Time Warner subsidiary CNN because he already owns Fox News. (Via The Huffington Post

Outlets and analysts have put the value of CNN on the market at about $8 billion to $10 billion. Cue Jon Stewart. (Via Business InsiderBloomberg

"That's a lot of money for anyone but not a lot of money for everyone. Which is why tonight we're starting our Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN!" (Via Comedy Central / "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart") ​

Yeah, we're guessing Stewart is just joking around as usual. 

Especially since the Web page set up asks for a $25,000 donation to take molly with Fareed Zakaria and a $1 billion donation in exchange for a CNN anchor "Hunger Games" fight to the death, along with a few other options. (Via

But, despite it looking like a Kickstarter page, Stewart's page isn't actually featured on the Kickstarter website. It's just a look-a-like.

And you can't actually click any of the donation boxes, so you'll have to take your billions of dollars elsewhere. 

Still, it appears some media outlets are taking Stewart's side, if he were serious, that is. 

Gawker writes, "​The only question: in a hypothetical universe where this Kickstarter is real, would a Daily Show-run CNN be more or less of a joke than a CNN-run CNN?" 

The 24-hour news channel has been criticized in the past for its coverage of major stories such as the Malaysia Airlines plane disappearance, the Steubenville rape case and the Boston bombing suspects search, among other things. (Via BuzzFeedThe Daily CallerYahoo)

Still, we're kind of hoping Stewart's plan doesn't take off, because if it does, who will he make fun of all the time?