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Cable Funnyman Rips Cable News

By Howard Kurtz
DENVER --Jon Stewart ripped the cable news networks Monday as a "brutish, slow-witted beast" and castigated Fox News as "an appendage of the Republican Party."

Wearing a gray T-shirt and a healthy stubble, the "Daily Show" host told reporters that Fox's fair-and-balanced slogan is "a (expletive) you to people with brains" and that only "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace "saves that network from slapping on a bumper sticker . . . Barack Obama could cure cancer and they'd figure out a way to frame it as an economic disaster."

"I'm stunned to see Karl Rove on a news network as an analyst," he said of the Bush White House aide-turned Fox commentator.

But Stewart included CNN and MSNBC in a far-ranging indictment of what he called "that false sense of urgency they create, the sense that everything is breaking news. . . . The 24-hour networks are now driving the narratives and everyone else is playing catch-up."

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By Web Politics Editor  |  August 25, 2008; 2:35 PM ET
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Posted by: Alex | August 26, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Diane Finstein can't make the convention due to an ankle facture. I sure hope she is better in time for the Republican convention.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Tell it, Jon!
Looking forward to watching The Daily Show convention coverage with The Best &%$#@* News Team Ever.

Posted by: Steve D. | August 25, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

So Jon Stewart and the rest of the leftists media is to democrats as what fox is for republicans. cant we have just one station you bunch of cry babies.

Posted by: ripcoard | August 25, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous, if you want to get it, try and read the print media, both those categorized as left leaning and right leaning, that's where you will get the info needed to be well informed. Jon Stewart on the Comedy Channel. Don't you get it? He's a comedian.

Posted by: jazzman47 | August 25, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Both candidates don't have the slightest clue or plan for the economy. All great empires crumbled within. Dmath's comment is right on - playing the other side. Where is this getting everyone? Keep in mind you don't have to vote for the party you're registered.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Pleeeeease, who is interested in this true "cable guy" and his opinion.

You don't get it do you pal??

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Having Karl Rove on as a political commentator makes as much sense as having OJ Simpson commentating as a court reporter in murder trials.

They both ought to be talking to each other as cell mates in a federal penitentiary.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

MSM wants a close and contentious election as that drives ratings. That's why the angle on both the VP pick and the convention is how it will anger HRC's voters. As a HRC supporter, I appreciate the coverage, but also know we're just feeding them what they want. Back in primary season, the conflict was HRC vs BHO on AA voters and that fed the "racism" narrative and made the campaigns more bitter.

One sign of how bad MSM media is, is that they can talk so much about HRC but not about health care, her signature issue. I don't think I've seen a single minute of discussion about any candidates' health care platform for months.

Posted by: Tristan | August 25, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

And just what are the total viewers of the Daily Show? Pleeeeease, who is interested in this true "cable guy" and his opinion.

Posted by: jazzman47 | August 25, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Jon is right about Fox, but the exact same thing could be said of MSNBC being in the tank for Obama. CNN was only slightly pro Clinton during the primaries, now the are slightly for Obama.

Posted by: Dmath | August 25, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse


Obama, I WUUUUUVVV UUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!!

Best thing since sliced bread.


Posted by: Racist Obama and his Wu-Tang Clan | August 25, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Will Gore steal Dem nomination Thursday night as he may be holding about 100 super delegates' support to deter others and conveniently take advantage of political discontent, chaos and confusion of primaries? As multi-millionaire, will he privatize US governments' programs, infrastructure and jobs for big profit$$$ versus take care of the 80% of the forgotten people?

Will Obama be rid of with his own generated sex and financial scandals? There is a term called "down low" in the black community for professionals who have gay sex on the side despite being married with children and have respectable daytime jobs. Larry Sinclair has come forward with gay sex and drug use claims with Obama in November 1999. He is scared of death threats from the Obama camp since 2006. Google "barack obama is a closet homosexual," or "Video: Pastor Manning Says Obama is Homosexual...," or "Digg - Is Larry Sinclair Obama's dark secret," etc.

President FDR won the 4th ballot in the roll call process in 1932. The rest is history. It should be allowed on Wednesday night. Otherwise the DNC leaves an undeniable impression that the process is stolen especially since Pelosi and Dean orchestrated MI and FLA votes in favor of Obama since summer of 2007.

Is Ted Kennedy's malignant brain tumor a fraud to distract from his real legacy of his 1968/69 Chappaquidic sex/murder scandal because he doesn't seem to have chemo and radiation side effects such as weight loss due to loss of appetite, jauntice, etc. like a typical cancer patient?

Wonder if Obama’s plane failure a couple of weeks ago was a cover up of his involvement in the general tampering of opponents’ planes during this election season? Does he have another "tampering" attempt scheduled for this Sunday when opponent’s plane is scheduled to fly from NY/NJ area to Madison, Wisconsin??? hmmmm....

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain has so much wealth he has no concept of money—unless of course it's money from lobbyists and corporations or to buy more mansions. That's why at the Saddleback forum McCain ludicrously declared it takes $5 million to move from "middle class" to "rich." That's why he admitted economics isn't his strong suit and came up with a plan to sink our country even further into debt. And that's why he can't sympathize with Americans facing foreclosure, soaring gas prices, unemployment, and the daunting costs of health insurance. None of these problems register when you're living in a solid gold bubble like McCain, or however many gold bubbles he's living in.

Posted by: It's time to end the Republican Fascist ruling of America | August 25, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Republican Convention Schedule Leaked!

7:00 pm – Ceremonial burning of the U.S. Constitution

7:15 pm – Spiritual Medium Sylvia Browne performs psychic séance in desperate attempt to raise Ronald Reagan from the grave

7:35 pm – "The Pleasures of Adultery" - with Newt Gingrich & Rudy Giuliani

8:05 pm – Gay sex party in Minneapolis airport's Men's Restroom hosted by Senator Larry Craig

8:35 pm - Transvestite Ann Coulter – "My Life as a Man"

8:55 pm – Live satellite feed from Federal Prison – Ohio Rep. Bob Ney

9:05 pm – Guest speaker ex-Florida Congressman Mark Foley "Joys with Young Boys"

9:25 pm – Oliver North – "Iran is Evil, but I sold them weapons anyway"

9:40 pm – Bill O' Reilly – "The costs of sexual harassment and phone sex with employees"

10:00 pm – Gay sex party in Men's Room hosted by Ken Mehlman and Geraldo Rivera

10:25 pm – Check on McCain to see if he's still breathing and if his adult diaper needs to be changed.

10:35 pm – N.R.A. President hosts an assault riffle target practice on Gays and Mexicans.

10:45 pm - Call emergency squad after a drunken Darth Cheney accidentally shoots his friend in the face.

11:00 pm – Bush performs his hilarious comedy routine where he looks for Iraq's fictitious WMD's under guests tables.

11:15 pm – Mike Huckabee does his famous uncanny imitation of Gomer Pyle.

11:20 pm – Group intervention to get Rush Limbaugh back into drug rehab

11:45 pm – Go up on rooftop and throw rocks down at homeless Vets sleeping in alley.

12:00 am – Live satellite feed from Federal Prison –California Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham

12:20 am – Convicted felon/Fox News analyst G. Gordon Liddy – Lock picking secrets

12:40 am – Guest speakers Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz – "How to lie your Country into a War"

1:00 am – Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay –"Tips on Money Laundering"

1:15 am – Hookers arrive for after party

Posted by: McCain = Bush | August 25, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I'ma da JakeD . .
I'ma da JakeD . .
I'ma da JakeD . .
JakeD, JakeD, JakeD . .

Aww yeah,
Aw yeah,
Aww yeah, yeah, yeah. . .

You fear me,
You clearly,
Cant stand me,

Ima like-a mole,
Who'se on parole,
But I aint selling ma soul,

Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Why does John Stewart hate America? Bring back the fairness doctrine so that we stop the one sided left-wing liberal socialist propaganda that fills the airways and cable news.

No, seriously folks...Thanks John Stewart for speaking the truth.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 25, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The funny part, Rove on Fox said Mccain would lose.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Nothing but the truth...Makes you just want to run out and donate to PBS.

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | August 25, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart - speaking the truth! Thank God for his show and the Colbert Report!!

Posted by: 2008 | August 25, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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