Jon Stewart Does Cable News (again)

Pete Machera
Jon Stewart is back in the news, appearing today on Fox News Sunday.  The widely accepted view is that his political satire is a boon to our democracy, and totally divorced from partisanship.  Stewart gained visibility from a previous appearance on cable news, a 2004 debate against Tucker Carlson, which elevated Stewart as a paragon of integrity.  Let's review that fateful exchange:  On October 15, 2004, Stewart appeared on Crossfire.  He was arrogant and insulting from the beginning of the interview.  He proceeded to lecture co-hosts Carlson and Paul Begala on why they are "hurting America."  Carlson pointed out how contradictory Stewart's sanctimonious diatribe was -- he had accused Crossfire and similar shows of being too hard on politicians, while in the next breath saying that they are "part of [politicians] strategies."  Perhaps frustrated by his own non-sequitur, Stewart resorted to calling the hosts of Crossfire "political...hacks."...(Read Full Post)