Been waiting on this a long time

Posted by · 9:54 am · March 13th, 2009

Not Oscar or movie related, but if you’d like to see Jon Stewart dismantle Jim Cramer on “The Daily Show,” have a look.  This has been a LONG time coming:

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  • 1 3-13-2009 at 10:52 am

    Zan said...

    Hardly dismantling. Stewart’s style gives way to trying to get a rise out of anyone he’s debating with, and it clearly bugged him that Cramer wouldn’t take the bait. I’m not a huge Cramer fan myself, but Stewart is one of the worst journalists/hosts out there, purely because he thinks he’s the voice of the liberal population when in actuality, he only looks at one side of the issue most of the time.

    I agree with Stewart’s logical deductions, etc., but what little credibility he has on his subjects is pretty much washed out by his overbearing style and tainted viewpoints, a la Bill Maher.

  • 2 3-13-2009 at 10:53 am

    Zan said...

    Don’t want to take this into too far of an economic discussion, but I couldn’t tell if Stewart was vehemently opposed to the bail out plan or not. This is also a result of me not watching his show often. I think anyone who is opposed to it either doesn’t know a lick of finance or isn’t in tune economically.

  • 3 3-13-2009 at 10:56 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Shades of Murrow.

  • 4 3-13-2009 at 10:57 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I think he did a damn fine job of putting CNBC in its place. If you don’t think there’s a lot of truth to his indictment of their journalistic practices, I don’t know what to say.

    Stewart has never claimed himself a journalist, by the way. He is simply a pundit, irregardless of his political affiliations, who smacks his forehead every time we see the trade turned into a circus. And who can blame him?

  • 5 3-13-2009 at 12:09 pm

    Marvin said...

    Damn, I love Jon Stewart. Someone has to speak to these people in the way he just did right there.

  • 6 3-13-2009 at 2:25 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    “….he thinks he’s the voice of the liberal population when in actuality, he only looks at one side of the issue most of the time.”

    Umm, wouldn’t that mean he IS the voice of the liberal population? If he looked at both sides of the issue, that would make him neutral. But I think Kris is right on this. Jon Stewart has stated many times that he is a comedian first and always, so he would probably be the first to object to the “voice of the liberals” description. Personally, I think Stewart’s debate with Bill “abort all black babies” Bennett on gay marriage was his finest hour.

  • 7 3-13-2009 at 9:04 pm

    Jake said...

    Cramer got railed. Stewart did very well.

  • 8 3-13-2009 at 9:52 pm

    SaltireFlower said...


    Jon Stewart is a journalist?! Since when?

    I think Stewart did a good job. He didn’t just go after Cramer for making bad calls, which is likely to happen with anyone involved in finance.

    I think he just went after the BS spewed by a network that claims to know what its talking about and acts as if its journalism. CNBC doesn’t even report to the news department like sister networks NBC and MSNBC do. That’s pretty terrifying.

  • 9 3-13-2009 at 10:07 pm

    Zan said...

    Ok, journalistic entertainer was the idea.

    And yes, I suppose he’s a rallying cry for the liberal population, however uninformed he may be at times.

    Kris, I can understand the CNBC critique, but in my opinion, he was going after the wrong guy. Cramer is not “the face” of CNBC. Anyone who actually watches CNBC on a regular basis knows that Cramer is most definitely nothing more than a stock picker for the uninformed. Stewart should’ve taken his case to the top of the organization, interviewing someone other than Cramer.

    Like I said, the journalistic practices of CNBC are at fault, sure, but I just don’t like the way Stewart handled the whole issue.

  • 10 3-14-2009 at 6:15 am

    colby said...

    i think the reason he went after cramer was obvious. because of the ad “in cramer we trust”. it was brilliant. all of it. jon stewart is a master.

  • 11 3-14-2009 at 8:03 am

    Matthew said...

    Zan: Stewart didn’t intentionally go after Cramer. In fact, the original “report” that went up, went after CNBC in its entirety. If one person was singled out in the process, it wasn’t originally Cramer, but Rick Santelli. Cramer, on the other hand, seemed to think it was attacking him, rather than the network at large. He then went on shows and talked about this, putting himself in the fire.

    I do quite enjoy when Stewart gets angry, mostly because I find him smart and funny and often gets it dead on. However, I’ve been finding his “I’m going to say things that are extremely influential and serious, and then if anyone tries to turn it back on me, I’ll say I’m a comedian” schtick. It’s a tad tiring. However, his skewering of CNBC, which really is a bastard channel, was dead on, and needed to happen.

  • 12 3-14-2009 at 8:04 am

    Matthew said...

    One clarification: Stewart didn’t ORIGINALLY go after Cramer. It was only when Cramer went on the air that Stewart started intentionally going after him.

  • 13 3-14-2009 at 9:42 am

    Mendios said...

    I think its funny when two Obama supporters eat each other. Stewart does not have a clue how finance works, and I’m not going to defend Cramer, but it takes some balls to go on this show. The Daily Show is really funny, but the writers and Stewart are by no means objective. Especially when prominent conservatives are guests.

    I want to know where Stewart stands on the “stimulus” bill and the bailouts.