Comedy Central: Jon Stewart Letter Backing Anti-War Protest Group is Counterfeit

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Code Pink published a letter "from" Stewart backing their anti-drone campaign; Comedy Central says the note is bogus.

Jon Stewart has been highly critical of the military's top secret drone warfare program, but he did not write a letter backing an anti-war group's demands for more government transparency.

Code Pink, the organization known for screaming and streaking during their public protests, published and sent to its email list a letter purported to be from The Daily Show host on Wednesday; it claimed his support for the group's request that the senate releases documents about the drone campaign.

However, a representative from Comedy Central has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the letter was not sent by Stewart or anyone at the network.

The letter described a segment of The Daily Show that criticized the drone program last week. Stewart has torn into the Obama administration for keeping the operation under wraps several times.

"[Code Pink co-founder] Medea Benjamin asked me to join her in demanding that Congress do something," it read. "Naturally, I said no. I’m a comedian, not an activist. But then she said I could have one of the giant vaginas she sometimes wears and I said 'absolutely.' As a virile man, I’d do anything for a vagina."

While Stewart did not write the letter, he has poked fun at Code Pink several times on air.