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Saturday, October 16, 2004

Jon Stewart on Crossfire

Jon Stewart went on Crossfire yesterday and told Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson to their faces that he thinks their show hurts America. He asked them to stop, plainly and seriously. It was pretty strange, I guess. I did not see the show myself but was told about it last night, so I went and read the transcript, which was worthwhile. Among the gems:

CARLSON: I do think you're more fun on your show. Just my opinion. ...

STEWART: You know what's interesting, though? You're as big a dick on your show as you are on any show.

I'm torn on this. Obviously I think Stewart has a valid point about the poor state of our news media. At the same time, it doesn't seem right for a comedy host to confront these guys like this. He needs to have more faith that the power of his satire will convince the media whores of their own idiocy and bring about change that way.

UPDATE: Media Matters has the best excerpts and video links, via Oliver Willis.