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Friday, March 13, 2009

Why is the comedian the most incisive interviewer on television
Posted by Jill | 6:28 AM
Jim Cramer may have dismissed Jon Stewart as "a comedian" (something Stewart never denies), but the comedian raked him over the coals last night:

The full interview, including material not broadcast on television, can be seen here.

Money quote:
"These guys at these companies were on a Sherman's March through their companies financed by our 401Ks... And they burned the fucking house down with our money and walked away rich as hell and you guys knew that that was going on."

Why on earth does it take a Jewish ex-stand-up comic from Jersey to say this?

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Blogger J said...
Remember King Lear? It's always the fool who is the truth teller. Why this should be, I'm not sure.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Excellent interview... appreciate

Blogger Spocko said...
I've watched almost the whole interview. I just read a lot of the comments on Crooks and Liars.

I used to do stand up comedy.

I've confronted the horrible people on talk radio and the lies that they have spread.

The story/headline in my confrontation was bloggers vs. Talk radio.

It's all about the conflict. The X vs. Y that gives the papers an easy narrative. I knew that. I then used the easy narrative to talk about other real issues. Fair use, violent rhetoric, racial and religious bias.

As someone pointed out at Crooks and Liars, why is this conflict between Cramer and Stewart the thing that makes the news papers and TV? Why not the real story?

Because they real story would put CNBC up against the corporations and the wealthy individuals. Those people would then use their PR and ad power to pull ads and pull access.

Nobody at CNBC wants to do that. So instead we have silliness as the only way to confront. The Jester and the king.

In the old days corporations were afraid of the press. They aren't anymore. The reason they were afraid was that they might uncover wrong doings and then legal action would have to happen (and then the company would fight the legal action.)

Anonymous Dermalogica said...
There should be more interviews like this!