1. Sunday, October 17, 2004

    jon stewart goes on cnn 

    and calls bullshit on “crossfire”.

    some excerpts:

    STEWART: I made a special effort to come on the show today, because I have privately, amongst my friends and also in occasional newspapers and television shows, mentioned this show as being bad.

    STEWART: See, the thing is, we need your help. Right now, you’re helping the politicians and the corporations. And we’re left out there to mow our lawns.

    PAUL BEGALA, CO-HOST: By beating up on them? You just said we’re too rough on them when they make mistakes.

    STEWART: No, no, no, you’re not too rough on them. You’re part of their strategies. You are partisan, what do you call it, hacks.


    TUCKER CARLSON (CO-HOST) : Is (Kerry) the best the Democrats can do?

    STEWART: Is he the best the Democrats can do?

    CARLSON: Yes, this year of the whole field.

    STEWART: I had always thought, in a democracy — and, again, I don’t know — I’ve only lived in this country — that there’s a process. They call them primaries.

    CARLSON: Right.

    STEWART: And they don’t always go with the best, but they go with whoever won. So is he the best? According to the process.

    CARLSON: Right. But of the nine guys running, who do you think was best. Do you think he was the best, the most impressive?

    STEWART: The most impressive?

    CARLSON: Yes.

    STEWART: I thought Al Sharpton was very impressive.


    STEWART: I enjoyed his way of speaking.

    I think, oftentimes, the person that knows they can’t win is allowed to speak the most freely, because, otherwise, shows with titles, such as CROSSFIRE.


    STEWART: Or “HARDBALL” or “I’m Going to Kick Your Ass”


    STEWART: Here’s just what I wanted to tell you guys.

    CARLSON: Yes.

    STEWART: Stop.


    STEWART: Stop, stop, stop, stop hurting America.

    BEGALA: OK. Now

    STEWART: And come work for us, because we, as the people…

    CARLSON: How do you pay?

    STEWART: The people — not well.


    BEGALA: Better than CNN, I’m sure.

    STEWART: But you can sleep at night.


    CARLSON: Kerry won’t come on this show. He will come on your show.

    STEWART: Right.

    CARLSON: Let me suggest why he wants to come on your show.

    STEWART: Well, we have civilized discourse.


    BEGALA: Let me get this straight. If the indictment is — if the indictment is — and I have seen you say this — that…

    STEWART: Yes.

    BEGALA: And that CROSSFIRE reduces everything, as I said in the intro, to left, right, black, white.

    STEWART: Yes.

    BEGALA: Well, it’s because, see, we’re a debate show.

    STEWART: No, no, no, no, that would be great. I would love to see a debate show.

    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.


    STEWART: Now, this is theater. It’s obvious. How old are you?

    CARLSON: Thirty-five.

    STEWART: And you wear a bow tie.

    CARLSON: Now, come on.

    STEWART: Now, listen, I’m not suggesting that you’re not a smart guy, because those are not easy to tie.

    CARLSON: They’re difficult.

    STEWART: But the thing is that this — you’re doing theater, when you should be doing debate, which would be great.

    STEWART: It’s not honest. What you do is not honest. What you do is partisan hackery. And I will tell you why I know it.

    CARLSON: You had John Kerry on your show and you sniff his throne and you’re accusing us of partisan hackery?

    STEWART: Absolutely.

    CARLSON: You’ve got to be kidding me. He comes on and you…

    STEWART: You’re on CNN. The show that leads into me is puppets making crank phone calls.


    CARLSON: You’re much funnier on your own show.

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

    full transcript + mtv covered it immediately + see the video + salon covered it + alleged audience members comment