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    Jon Stewart Bitchslaps CNN's 'Crossfire' Show






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    Jon Stewart Bitchslaps CNN's 'Crossfire' Show
    10.15.2004 6:43 PM EDT

    In what could well be the strangest and most refreshing media moment of the election season, "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart turned up on a live broadcast of CNN's "Crossfire" Friday and accused the mainstream media — and his hosts in particular — of being soft and failing to do their duty as journalists to keep politicians and the political process honest.

    Reaching well outside his usual youthful "Daily Show" demo, Stewart took to "Crossfire" to promote his new book, "America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction" (see "Jon Stewart Writes A History Textbook That — At Last! — Features Nudity"), but instead of pushing the tome, Stewart used his time to verbally slap the network and the media for being "dishonest" and "doing a disservice" to the American public. After co-host Tucker Carlson suggested that Stewart went easy on Senator John Kerry when the candidate was a guest on "The Daily Show," Stewart unloaded on "Crossfire," calling hosts Carlson and Paul Begala "partisan hacks" and chiding them for not raising the level of discourse on their show beyond sloganeering.

    "What you do is not honest. What you do is partisan hackery," Stewart said. "You have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably.

    "I watch your show every day, and it kills me. It's so painful to watch," Stewart added as it became apparent that the comedian was not joking. He went on to hammer the network, and the media in general, for its coverage of the presidential debates. Stewart said it was a disservice to viewers to immediately seek reaction from campaign insiders and presidential cheerleaders following the debates, noting that the debates' famed "Spin Alley" should be called "Deception Lane."

    "The thing is, we need your help," Stewart said. "Right now, you're helping the politicians and the corporations and we're left out there to mow our lawns."

    While the audience seemed to be behind Stewart, Begala and Carlson were both taken aback. The hosts tried to feed Stewart set-up lines hoping to draw him into a more light-hearted shtick, but Stewart stayed on point and hammered away at the show, the hosts, and the state of political journalism. Carlson grew increasingly frustrated, at first noting that the segment wasn't "funny," and later verbally sparring with the comedian.

    "You're not very much fun," Carlson said. "Do you like lecture people like this, or do you come over to their house and sit and lecture them; they're not doing the right thing, that they're missing their opportunities, evading their responsibilities?"

    "If I think they are," Stewart retorted.

    The conversation reached its most heated moment when Carlson said to Stewart, "I do think you're more fun on your show," to which Stewart replied, "You're as big a dick on your show as you are on any show."

    "That went great," Stewart could be heard sarcastically saying as the show went off the air (a transcript of the show is available on CNN.com).

    In an era when the media is increasingly fragmented and viewers can surround themselves with programming that falls right in line with their own views, be they on the right or the left, Stewart's blast seemed especially on point. It seems fitting that the tirade came on a day when much of the media attention focused on the presidential race was directed at the mention of Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter during the last presidential debate, as opposed to the issues addressed at that debate.

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    i was so happy to see john do this

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    The conversation reached its most heated moment when Carlson said to Stewart, "I do think you're more fun on your show," to which Stewart replied, "You're as big a dick on your show as you are on any show."
    Thas what I'm talking about

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    I think we all agree on one thing in this forum. The media for the most part SUCKS.
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    camaro you ever catch The Dailly Show?

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    i love john stewart. I told tit yesterday the only motivation I'd ever have to be a celebrity is to be on his show

    can't get the video to work though. It asked what format I want and i chose realplayer. How can I choose a different one, my realplayer seems to be dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camarosuper6
    I think we all agree on one thing in this forum. The media for the most part SUCKS.
    I'd agree that the mainstream media sucks, but there are some decent international sources where you can still read real news, not just patriotic cheerleading and Lacie fucking Peterson.

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    I wouldn' say he bitchslapped them, but he's right about the points he makes and everyone knows it. its no secret

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    everyone should watch the video in the link..its quite entertaining

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    I couldn't get the link to work so I down loaded the show with kazaa lite. Good job by Jon Stewart to go in there and call them out. He went in and ran through these guys. Of course BushCo fans will not agree but so what else is new.

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    Although he made his points about media not holding up it's end for the American people, Stewart still showed his bias by attacking Tucker more than Paul. Sad thing is that while he was making valid jabs the audience just laughed them off. Still good for him I think we are on the verge of an Information revolution and getting away from this Bi-Partisan Duopoly, but thats all up to us to keep it in motion.

    check out www.FAIR.org and download some CounterSpin .mp3's they're a Media Watchdog.
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    F A I R

    That organization is a joke. You are using them as a reference to direct people for good media coverage?

    I hate these open chat threads because everyone is so blatantly biased and close minded that it's useless discussion. But I want to point out, with no further reference to Maniclion (arguably the most biased person on this forum, which is fine, its good that he has beliefs), that the website he's using as a "media watchdog group" is no such thing. More like a "liberal shyster selective media watchdog group" It's a lapse of integrity to direct people there with any implication that what they get will be fair.
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    Along these lines..

    check out http://www.AIM.org/ and review some so-called fair media coverage. After all, it must be fair, because they're a Media Watchdog.
    "in the howling bleeding nights, the dogs plunge into the Volga and swim desperately to gain the other bank. The nights of Stalingrad are a terror for them. Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncans Donuts
    F A I R

    That organization is a joke. You are using them as a reference to direct people for good media coverage?
    You wont get an article criticizing Bill O'reilly at AIM like this one at FAIR further scrutinizing Dan Rather's objectivity.

    The fact of the matter is that these "liberal media" mainstream outlets we are forced to live with lean way into the "right" withholding stories that could make waves against their corporate ad support. The way I see it is that "Liberal" means free, liberated whereas "Conservative" means controlled, contained leading to "manufactured consent" or propaganda. I like alternative media sources that aren't afraid to go against the mainstream.
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    You are very unpersuasive with your speculative rhetoric. It appears your bias has clouded your capacity to be fair. It's nice to see a man with convictions, though.
    "in the howling bleeding nights, the dogs plunge into the Volga and swim desperately to gain the other bank. The nights of Stalingrad are a terror for them. Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure."

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