Jon Stewart owns CNN’s Crossfire

by mrcookieface on October 15, 2004 · 15 comments

in Audio Visual,Entertainment,News,Politics

I had to miss it because of that “job” thingy I have to go to every day

But thank god for transcripts.  Stewart really mowed over Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala today.  Hilarious.

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  • Souped_up_on_Jihad

    I love the bow tie exchange.

  • mrcookieface

    Ooo, I just found the video, courtesy of ifilm.

  • suitep

    haha…glad you found that mrcookieface. I just watched it and was going to link it for you.

    I thought he’d be gone after the commercial break. That bow tie was getting a little hot under the collar.

  • mrcookieface

    Part of me thinks that Stewart and Carlson might actually be friends in real life.  I mean, who would call someone a dick on national TV except for a good buddy?

  • .alphamonkey.

    I’m gonna have to go with the idea that the mere idea of Carlson makes Stewart want to vomit in his mouth a little. That wasn’t gentle ribbing, that was flat-out contempt. (Hence the exchange “I’d hate to have dinner with you” “Well, you’re not going to.”)

    For some reason, there is nothing so heartening to me as Jon Stewarts’ complete and all-consuming rage at the media’s failure to do it’s principal job. It’s a shame he holds his own place in that structure to such low regard.

  • olivesmarch4th

    “CARLSON: You need to get a job at a journalism school, I think.

    STEWART: You need to go to one.”

    *oooh, SNAP!*

  • Cananopie

    This might me of interest to those who missed it.

    I havent downloaded it. But I figured that you might want to see it.

  • The Good Reverend

    shweet, thanks!  downloading now.

  • .alphamonkey.

    You sir, are awesome!

  • Thundarr

    BEGALA: We’re 30 minutes in a 24-hour day where we have each side on, as best we can get them, and have them fight it out.

    STEWART: No, no, no, no, that would be great. To do a debate would be great. But that’s like saying pro wrestling is a show about athletic competition.

    John Stewart 1, Crossfire 0

  • Shadow Stalker

    It was funny, but I’m not so sure Stewart made his point.

  • .alphamonkey.

    did you forget your </sarcasm> tag?

  • Shadow Stalker

    What was he trying to say?  TV news is just uninformative entertainment and a good source of photo ops for public figures?  Well, duh.

    What was the point of him going on that show to argue with them about this live?  He certainly didn’t convince them of anything.  And what is his suggestion?  How should they run their program?  The reason Crossfire isn’t a pinnacle of hard-hitting journalism, and this applies to any “news” show, is that there is no time.  You just cannot interview someone on live TV for ten minutes and expect to get an in depth look at their personality.  Especially when you factor in all the interview training candidates get.

    You simply cannot see through the facade that candidates are trained to have when you can only ask five questions.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Claiming that the media’s job is simply to attract advertisers is disengenious at best, and pussed-out cynicism at worst. That’s like a fireman saying his job is to keep the insurance companies in business. While ad revenue is a sad fact of life for news programs and channels, bear in mind that Turner ran CNN at a loss for YEARS, knowing that putting a focus on profits will dilute and ultimately erode their ability to act as a impartial watch-dog. (Which was proven right when CNN was taken away from him)

    And yes, you’re right: The Democrats have not been diligent in keeping the media monopolies in check. But Michael Powell has done a hell of a lot more damage than Clinton allowed.

    It’s a bit offensive to have it assumed that I, for one, can’t tell the difference between satire/parody and critical analysis, but have you ever met ANYONE who thinks that The Daily Show is anything other than a comedy news show? It’s not like they go to great pains to hide that fact, you know.

  • Boss Robot

    BEGALA: We did promise naked pictures of the Supreme Court justices.

    CARLSON: Yes, we did. Let’s get to those.

    They may not say what the people need to hear but they do say what they want to hear. oh yeah…

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