ACLS No-Show & Jon Stewart Vid

Well, I was going to watch the ALCS series game 3 tonight against the Red Sox and Wankees, but Mother Nature had ultimate say in the matter. Due to a pretty good smattering of rain, MLB decided the field was unplayable, and game 3 is postponed until tomorrow. I hope the sox can pull off some wins against the “Evil Empire”, and soon. So, I did some cleaning around the house and washed the car instead. I saw this great video today (videos link) of The Daily’s Show’s Jon Stewart verbally skewering the hosts of CNN’s “Crossfire” on their journalistic integrity. Priceless stuff, I tell you. Here’s a segment from the transcript:

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.

BEGALA: It’s like saying The Weather Channel reduces everything to a storm front.

STEWART: 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.

(LAUGHTER)

CARLSON: Jon, Jon, Jon, I’m sorry. I think you’re a good comedian. I think your lectures are boring.

STEWART: Yes.

CARLSON: Let me ask you a question on the news.

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

(CROSSTALK)

CARLSON: Thirty-five.

STEWART: And you wear a bow tie.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

CARLSON: Yes, I do. I do.

STEWART: So this is…

CARLSON: I know. I know. I know. You’re a…

(CROSSTALK)

STEWART: So this is theater.

CARLSON: Now, let me just…

(CROSSTALK)

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.

(LAUGHTER)

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

BEGALA: We do, do…

(CROSSTALK)

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…

(CROSSTALK)

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

(LAUGHTER)

STEWART: What is wrong with you?

Ouch! Complete and utter ownage. I always thought Stewart was one to cut the BS and speak his mind, but I had no idea I would agree with his talking points regarding the media and it’s unsettling trend of journalistic integrity so succinctly. I was literally yelling at my tv, “Go get ‘em Jon!!”. Yes, I was actually yelling, and yes, i’m completely devoid of a life.

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