John Stewart on Crossfire

This is hilarious -- a transcript of John Stewart on Crossfire, and not once did he refer to Robert Novak as a Douchebag of Liberty!
    STEWART:     In many ways, it's funny. And 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.
    BEGALA:     We have noticed.
    STEWART:     And I wanted to -- I felt that that wasn't fair and I should come here and tell you that I don't -- it's not so much that it's bad, as it's hurting America.
    CARLSON:     But in its defense...
    STEWART:     So I wanted to come here today and say... Here's just what I wanted to tell you guys.
    CARLSON:     Yes.
    STEWART:     Stop.
    Stop, stop, stop, stop hurting America.
    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.

17 Responses:

  1. lars_larsen says:

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

    CARLSON: OK, up next, Jon Stewart goes one on one with his fans...

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


    CARLSON: Now, you're getting into it. I like that.

    STEWART: Yes.

    CARLSON: OK. We'll be right back.


    *Producers beat Jon Stewart to a bloody pulp off camera*

  2. He's been cutting more and more loose lately.

    I guess he's well enough established now.

    But I still remember when his late night show started to lose audience and he was seen regularly smoking and drinking on air in the last couple of weeks...

  3. endquote says:

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

    CARLSON: Thirty-five.

    STEWART: And you wear a bow tie.

    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.

  4. guyver3 says:

    man I should see if the show/clip is available somewhere, this would be great to watch having missed it

  5. waxpancake says:

    Leonard Lin is hosting the video of the appearance, or you can grab it off this BitTorrent tracker.

  6. Wow. I read the transcript, but the video is so much better. I'd swear Jon Stewart would take a swing at Tucker Carlson if given half the chance. It's funny (and gratifying) to see someone properly calling out these horrible shows as "theatre" masquerading as "a debate show."

  7. flipzagging says:

    Anyone notice how Carlson was only happy when Stewart showed personal animosity?

    "Join with me, young Stewart. Give in to your anger. Only your hatred can increase my ratings."

  8. torgo_x says:

    Jon Stewart and the Crossfire
    (~3.8MB mp3); and the Jerkcity version.

  9. carbonunit says:

    For those of you who, like me, live on small asteroids in the outer reaches:

    John Stewart is host of a TV show called The Daily Show, on the American cable network The Comedy Channel. It's hard to determine what this show is actually like from mentions on the web, but it sounds like a sarcastic commentary on the days news. It seems to have a fairly "liberal" left leaning viewpoint.

    "Crossfire" is a show on the CNN, where 2 commentators from either "wing" of politics debate political news. Novak is a "right wing" commentator.

    • 21cdb says:

      Except that like most American political shows, and for that matter American political debate in general, it's a debate show between the right and centrist sides of the argument.

      See also here.

  10. umetaro says:

    CNN should have known. He'd been on before.

    KURTZ: So you don't, you're not confusing yourself with a quote, "real journalist"?

    STEWART: No. You guys are...

    KURTZ: You're just making fun...

    STEWART: You guys are confusing yourselves with real journalists.

    KURTZ: Oh boy, you're loaded (UNINTELLIGIBLE) today.

    STEWART: Instead of putting on shows like "CROSSFIRE" and "Gotcha" and "I'm Going To Kick Your Ass With Tucker Carlson" and "Let's Beat Up The Short Guy." That was just one that I...

    KURTZ: I'm glad you're at least watching so much CNN, Jon.

  11. sc_wes says:

    John Stewart Crossfire Video

    I've posted a video of this on my video site. 100mbits of bandwidth, free for everyone.

  12. aprilrain says:

    thank you so much for posting this.
    i dont have cable always so I had to google and found it and you rock, so thank you

    wow. the crossfire guys came off as dumbasses.
    pisses me off. Jon is obviously intensely smart and they kept cutting him off and being offended rather than realizing that he's right.

    thank you, thank you thank you THANK YOU