18 October 2004

Why your news sucks…

Jon Stewart takes on Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala:

STEWART: You know, the interesting thing I have is, you have a
responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably.

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

STEWART: You need to go to one.

The thing that I want to say is, when you have people on for just knee-jerk, reactionary talk…

CARLSON: Wait. I thought you were going to be funny. Come on. Be funny.

STEWART: No. No. I’m not going to be your monkey.

(LAUGHTER)

BEGALA: Go ahead. Go ahead.

STEWART: I watch your show every day. And it kills me.

CARLSON: I can tell you love it.

STEWART: It’s so — oh, it’s so painful to watch.

(LAUGHTER)

STEWART: You know, because we need what you do. This is such a great
opportunity you have here to actually get politicians off of their
marketing and strategy.

CARLSON: Is this really Jon Stewart? What is this, anyway?

STEWART: Yes, it’s someone who watches your show and cannot take it anymore.

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2 Responses to “Why your news sucks…”

  1. soekarno Says:

    What’s so amazing Nathan is how incredibly fast this segment has circulated all over the internet. At least five different bloggers on my aggregated friends page (LOL!), none of whom know each other in real life, none of whom are probably aware that the others are also part of my friends page, have posted either transcripts, streaming video links, or streaming audio links to this clip!

    Are we just cyberspace (in)activists? Does this groundswell support for Jon Stewart (it’s growing by leaps and bounds every season!) and his straight-shooter critique of the mainstream news media prove that Americans are fed up with all the media bs? Would it be possible to make a change? When I watched the streaming video clip, I thought shit no one is more articulate than Stewart, and yet Carlson and Begala couldn’t care any less about him! Yeah right like CNN might change because of his impassioned and honest on-air appeal. What a sensation, but for naught? Is Stewart the next Jewish messiah?

  2. soekarno Says:

    I meant, the next Jewish messiah to get crucified… we’ll start the Stewartians faith tradition.