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Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Jon Stewart speaks truth to crazy
BUMP... Jon Stewart eviscerated the wingers tonight last night, pointing out the irony of their sudden fear of fascism and dictatorship (which he said they're probably mistaking for losing an election...) given their support for the warrentless wiretapping, foreign invasions, secret detentions, torture and squashing of dissent by the previous administration. (Spoiler alert: conservatives don't do irony. I think it kind of goes over their heads.) Waiting for the video to post on "The Daily Show" site.

UPDATE: Here's the video - Plus: Stewart on Republicans "confusing tyranny with losing..."

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posted by JReid @ 11:45 AM  
Saturday, March 14, 2009
The NBC Total Stewart Blackout: the backlash
It's on. After watching MSNBC intermittantly throughout the day, and seeing not one word ... not one... about the Cramer v. Jon Stewart beat-down that the network had been hyping mercilessly before Cramer got served, I and many other folks wondered, wha happen? Having worked for NBC News a few years ago, from around Chandra Levy to the summer before the 2004 election, I can tell you that while it isn't Fox News, GE/NBC is a corporation, CNBC is a division of that corporation, and while many of us love MSNBC's evening programming, at the end of the day, GE/NBC acts the way any corporation does -- in its own interest.

Anyhoo, when I saw that the Cramer/Stewart showdown didn't make Morning Joe, or the afternoon news, or "Hardball," (except for a passing reference to Cramer by Joan Walsh at the end, which elicited little more than a groan from Chris...) or "Countdown" (I admit I only watched the first few minutes of Maddow, and apparently she did talk about it...,) and zilcho on CNBC's programming today (except for the incresingly sexy Donny Deutsch), I figured the word must have come down from corporate HQ: no need to talk about this. It isnt' good for the "family." I mean, for not a single clip of the exchange to appear, even on "Morning Joe?" Come on. We're loyal viewers, not idiots.

And wouldn't you know it? TV Newser apparently confirms it:

A TVNewser tipster tells us MSNBC producers were asked not to incorporate the Jim Cramer/Jon Stewart interview into their shows today. In fact, the only time it came up on MSNBC was during the White House briefing, when a member of the press corps asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs if Pres. Obama watched. Gibbs wasn't sure if the president had, but Gibbs did. "I enjoyed it thoroughly," the Press Secretary said.
... an enterprising KosKid seconds it:

References to the Jim Cramer-Jon Stewart 'debate' in the closed caption data for MSNBC:

Wednesday, 5AM-7PM Eastern: 15
Friday, 5AM-7PM Eastern: 0 (excluding one question in live feed of WH daily briefing)

... and K.O. tries to knock it down:

So I'm reading the TVNewser post for the first time.

Frankly, the guy who posted this, the site's Associate Editor, Steve Krakauer ("SteveK"), is well known around the industry as being entirely in Fox's pocket.

His "MSNBC producers have been told" not to mention this, is, frankly, bullshit.

Have a look at his posts on this otherwise successfully neutral site: they are Fox News and Fox Business Channel press release rewrites, and anonymous criticisms from "industry sources" of people at CNN and MSNBC.
And the big finish:

... So, did Stewart do a good job? Obviously. Did we get ordered not to run it? Nope. Was stirring up rumors about a ban in the interest of a Foxophilic blogger with the credibility of a bush league Drudge? You bet.
Keith, Keith, Keith ... bubbie... I think you're protesting a little too much! And playing the Fox card? Questionable, brother. I'm not saying I know for sure, I'm just sayin' ...

UPDATE: More Keith 'splanation. Read it and see if you buy in. Most dubious:
... we do in fact give weight to stories based on how much they are covered by the older newscasts and organizations. In other words, if it's going to be on ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, etc., that brings it down a notch in our evaluation of its worthiness in our show. Our show is primarily about trying to give airtime to stories that are not on ABC, CBS, CNN, and Fox.
Really? You mean like Octomom, or the Santelli flap, or the Limbaugh nonsense, all of which is being thoroughly slogged through, like, everywhere, and still manages to get on MSNBC? Really? And in addition:
I'm not going to spend part of a show, for fear of having to spend part of every show, explaining why I gate-kept on a particular story.
Except that ya ahre, Blanche. Ya ahre explaining why you gate-kept... I love K.O., but this time, I'm not buying it.


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posted by JReid @ 12:06 AM  
Friday, March 13, 2009
For Cramer: a bad moon rising
Cramer: Passing into the dustbin of cable history?
Soon to have a
new show on Air America after a
couple of years doing pharmaceutical commercials?
Or just a guy in search of a little love...?

After taking his ass-whupping like a man ... well, okay, like a really meek man ... Jim Cramer's problems just mount and mount, kind of like a bear market for derivatives! Not even the TOTAL STEWART BLACK-OUT on MSNBC today, ALL DAY, including Matthews, Olbermann and Maddow (can't you just see the memo from Jeff Immelt? "We will not be discussing the Daily Show incident on this network. Period." UPDATE: blackout confirmed by TVNewser....) could spare Cramer from the bad news:

The CEO of his webco, The, quit ... the company's stock price is down to about two candy bars a share ... and his "Mad Money" ratings have been down ever since Stewart first took him on. Not cute.

Meanwhile, per TVNewser, it seems the only one not participating in the Soviet style information black-out (WE DON'T MENTION IT, THEREFORE IT DIDN'T HAPPEN...) was Cramer himself, who had this to say at the top of tonight's "Mad":

Before we get started, I want to say something about -- about what happened yesterday. A lot of people are talking about what happened. I want to be very clear...that although I was clearly outside of my safety zone, I have the utmost respect for this person. And for the work that they do, no matter how uncomfortable it was to be on. So I want you to take a look at this clip from yesterday of Cramer versus Stewart.
Oh, wait ... he then played a clip from his appearance earlier yesterday on
Martha Stewart's show. Oh, the hilarity! ... I stand corrected. Blackout was total, comrades. Das vidanya.

Mas: Can't get enough? Watch Jim Cramer get OWNED by Jon Stewart again, as if for the first time, here.


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posted by JReid @ 11:41 PM  
The Stewart v. Cramer beat-down: the reviews
The NBC family may not want to deal with it, but the reviews on the Jon Stewart thrashing of Jim Cramer are positively brutal. A sampling:

Jon Stewart uses sports term, then hammers Cramer


Jon Stewart thrashes Jim Cramer


It's true: Jon Stewart has become Edward R. Murrow

Atlantic Online

After Being Eviscerated By Jon Stewart, Cramer Skips Morning Show ...

Think Progress

Brawl Street: Jon Stewart beats Jim Cramer by TKO


Meanwhile the NYT Opinionator blog picks up the back and forth Twittering between Joe Scarborough and the "elites" who don't get that the real point is that Cramer is sad because fellow Democrats are "turning on him..." Whatever, Joe.

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posted by JReid @ 1:49 PM  
The Great NBC Cramer v. Stewart Black-Out
Why am I not surprised that the NBC News family has closed ranks around CNBC host Jim Cramer, who got absolutely owned by Jon Stewart last night on "The Daily Show?" Cramer's weak defense of himself and his network, and his inability to credibly answer the question: who exactly does CNBC serve? The traders or the public? (spoiler alert: it's the traders...) has surely shredded his star power. But by refusing to even acknowledge the interview took place, including on "Morning Joe," which had no problem hyping the interview before it happened, and on the programming that's taken place after 9:00, (not to mention the "Daily Show"-scrubbed CNBC and MSNBC home pages) NBC isn't exactly looking like a cauldron of courage this morning, either. At the end of the day, at least Cramer had the guts to go on with Stewart and take his lumps.

Update: MSNBC posts a headline (fifth link down, no pics): Stewart hammers Cramer.


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posted by JReid @ 9:55 AM  
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Stewart vs. Cramer: Jim got served
Where to begin ... If I'm Jim Cramer, I'm asking Tucker Carlson what it's like the day after Jon Stewart renders your show ridiculous and you wind up unemployed. Comedy Central hasn't posted the video yet Finally posts the video. BTW their site has slowed to a crawl... Wall Street hackers anyone??? Here it is

Part one:

Parts two (in which Stewart declares, "we're both snake oil salesman...")

and part three (who do you work for, Cramer? The traders? Or the Public?)

I can't wait to see what MSNBC does with this tomorrow. They can hardly ignore it, but CNBC is the sister station... And may I add, is it a good thing, or a really embarrassing thing for journalism that Jon Stewart is the best interviewer in the game?

BTW, Cramer can't say he wasn't warned:

Cramer thinks having a few extra spotlights on him are great. Just wait until he wakes up Friday morning, shuffles off to the bathroom, and sees Octomom staring back at him in the mirror.

He doesn't get it. When Rick Santelli bowed out of his appearance on The Daily Show -- leaving the show with little to do but go on its rant against CNBC's biggest blunders -- he knew what was coming. The hero worship would end once Stewart exposed Santelli's speculative underbelly.

Cramer doesn't seem to realize he's RSVP'ing to his own crucifixion.

(From earlier in the day Thursday. And still true 'round midnight...)

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posted by JReid @ 11:33 PM  
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Jon Stewart's New York tea party
The Bourgeois Baron continues to head down into Michael Steele territory. From the latest edition of "The Daily Show":


Related: on Monday, Santelli both promoted, and defended, his February 19 rant.


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posted by JReid @ 9:27 AM  
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
It's a shame when...
Jon Stewart is the best interviewer in television news. Watch his excellent interview with Doug Feith here.


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posted by JReid @ 11:40 PM  
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