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USA Today this morning that Wal-Mart has decided not to carry the best selling America (The Book) by Jon Stewart and the writers of “The Daily Show” because page 99 shows the justices of the Supreme in “full-frontal, sagging nudity.” The book also has cutouts of the justices' robes and urges readers to "restore their dignity by matching each justice with his or her respective robe."

The photos are obviously doctored, and the message clearly satiric. But Wal-Mart spokeswoman Karen Burk said, "We felt a majority of our customers would not be comfortable with the image" of the naked justices. And the publisher, Warner Books, said the book didn’t meet Wal-Mart’s criteria on potentially offensive material.

Ben Karlin, executive producer of “The Daily Show,” tells USA Today that the show’s writers actually are disappointed because they had hoped the book would be banned by a lot more bookstores. But other bookstores keep selling it. According to Karlin, the show may mention Wal-Mart's decision this week in a story "about an exciting new store Wal-Mart is planning in the shadow of Mexico's oldest and most revered ruins."
KC's View:
The only thing that we find offensive is when people don’t have a sense of humor.

And as Jon Stewart showed when he went on CNN’s “Crossfire” and smacked around Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson with a combination of wit and moral outrage at both political parties, he’s both one of the funniest and smartest guys on TV.

We suspect that Wal-Mart is a gold mine for great satire, and Stewart is just the guy to deliver it.

And by the way, if Wal-Mart is concerned that the book will offend its customers, that could speak volumes about how well the company knows its shoppers. After all, the book is a best seller, and the TV show is a hit. So somebody must be reading and watching…