Quote of the Week #10

JON 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.

TUCKER 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.

– Crossfire, Oct. 15, 2004 (transcript | video)

4 Responses

  1. It was extremely frustrating to watch that, especially since even though The Daily Show is “just” a comedy show it’s *still* way more hard-hitting and balanced than Crossfire could ever even remotely pretend to be.

  2. Oh, and on a related note, the recent Daily Show with Bill O’Reilly as the guest was amazingly good, and it actually left me respecting him and his views even though I totally disagree with him. Meanwhile, Crossfire is more like a stupid shouting/interruption match where everyone ends up pissed at each other and no views are actually expressed.

  3. When watching the entire segment, I particularly like how both of the hosts clearly had just expected Jon Stewart to plug his book and make some jokes. They kept trying to segue into either talking about the book (e.g., “BEGALA: We did promise naked pictures of the Supreme Court justices.”) or into a shouting match (e.g., CARLSON: “Tell us, what do you think about the Bill O’Reilly vibrator story?”), and Stewart was having none of it.

    Sadly, the shouting-match pundit shows seem to be what’s popular these days. It’s more entertaining (or at least better ratings) to watch people yell at each other than have a reasoned discussion, apparently. Makes me glad I never watch Crossfire.

    As for O’Reilly, watching Outfoxed may help adjust your impression of him back the other way. Determining how much of his behavior is how he really is and how much is playing to the audience (Fox News Channel and The Daily Show have very different audiences) on either show is left as an exercise for the reader.

  4. Saw this clip a while ago. Jon Stewart ripped the hosts into littl pieces. I like how all they had to say toward the end was, “Man, you are being mean to us and our show :(.” Go get’em tiger!

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