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Cory Doctorow @ Boing Boing
Jon Stewart on his Crossfire appearance

Here's a clip form Jon Stewart's Daily Show monologue following on his now-legendary Crossfire appearance in which he post-mortems his performance. Very good stuff.

Link, Crossfire's response

(via Waxy!)

Jon Stewart
They said I wasn't being funny. And I said to them, "I know that, but tomorrow I will go back to being funny, and your show will still blow."

Thanks Cory and Waxy!


The link seems to be kind of dead right now, like a usual Slashdot effect. It would be great to see though, since the Crossfire appearance was great.

WInston Churchill's famous line was a lot funnier before Jon Stewart mangled it.

I almost fell out of my chair when I watched this last night. Stewart is brilliant. If we can't get him for Prime Minister of Canada, maybe you can get him to lead Japan.

I stopped watching CNN some time ago...but had stopped watching Crossfire long before that, for the very reasons Jon gave. Ever since that Time-Warner exec took complete control of CNN and eliminated...literally....the "The News Comes First" logo, implying it was either quaint or naive, CNN has dumbed-down due to the Fox Effect in a race to the bottom.

There are (almost) never two sides to an issue; and forcing everything into the model just about only guarantees the extremes are there, guaranteeing the yelling. And the harm to civil discourse, which can still be found (PBS, NPR, American Public Media, etc. in the U.S.) but is more rare than it used to be.

I've been interested in raising the public discourse for some time now. Does anyone know of anywhere ideas can be floated and evolved on constructive ways of countering the fox effect and the general polarizing nature of media in America? maybe a forum on media studies or something?

Lady Astor: "Mr. Churchill, you're drunk!"
Winston Churchill: "Yes, and you, Madam, are ugly. But tomorrow, I shall be sober."

Dave & Mike, if you want to improve things, why not join the radical middle and support Jon Stewart for President?

Yeah, this is a joke. But so is most of what passes for serious politics these days.