Jon Stewart on Larry King Live

Jon Stewart goes on “Larry King Live” to discuss his upcoming rally and why CNN sucks so much.   Breaking news:  They will have toilets available at the rally.

YouTube has the full video but, oddly, won’t permit embedding.

TPM’s Jillian Rayfield has a nice summary:

Jon Stewart was on Larry King Live last night, and didn’t let the fact that he was on CNN deter him from criticizing the network. He said to King, who is leaving CNN, “you’re the last guy out of a burning building.”

When King asked later why Stewart picks on CNN so much, Stewart replied that it’s because “you’re terrible.”

He called CNN’s use of its vast resources a “squandered opportunity,” adding: “CNN has an opportunity to be a real arbiter. But being a real arbiter means sometimes taking a stand.”

[…]King also asked about Stewart’s upcoming “Rally To Restore Sanity” in Washington, D.C. on October 30, which NPR has barred its employees from attending. “As a countermeasure against NPR, to fight back,” Stewart said, “I have prohibited my employees from describing events in esoteric terms.”

“They are guessing it’s political” he added, “they are guessing wrong.”

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  1. John P says:

    Why is it that Stewart is one of the only guys on television (not the only, but one of the only) who ask salient questions in search of answers rather than dead-end questions in search of affirmation? I don’t pretend that he isn’t on one side of the argument or the other, but he allows those who disagree with him to speak and make their point for the betterment of the conversation.

    Stewart, a comedian, is out newsing everyone else in the business by miles.

    Of course, that would be a huge problem if he were competing with actual newsmen and women. Unfortunately our airwaves are actually filled with commentators, not newsmen, with profit rather than truth as an end to their means.