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Saturday, October 16, 2004

Failure of the Day: 5 Feet and 6 Inches of Righteous Whupass

I watched the news of this ripple across the Web like a heat mirage yesterday; it was thrilling. If you haven’t already, read the transcript of Jon Stewart’s appearance on CNN’s Crossfire. Even better, watch it this weekend; they’re bound to rebroadcast it. Metafilter and Wonkette went apeshit because Jon called Tucker Carlson a dick on air, but to me that was one of the friendlier moments. There’s a point when Tucker says “I thought you were gonna be funny” and Jon says “No. I’m not gonna be your monkey” that is cute in text but when you can see JS’s face, he is a perfect mask of focused contempt. Stream a poor-quality video and take a gander at the first bit of televised honest political discourse in our lifetimes.


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