While it’s sad that Jon Stewart, who is supposed to be a comedian by trade, is one of the most probing and responsible journalists we have these days, I’m sure glad we have him.
For those who haven’t seen last night’s full-show grilling of CNBC’s Jim Cramer (who was pretty much serving the role of proxy for the entire spectrum of financial news media) by Stewart on The Daily Show yet, here’s a link to the extended, uncut version of the show via National Public Radio’s web site. (WARNING: This version includes everything, including the f-bombs.)
For those who want the edited, TV-friendly version, here it is on Hulu.
Thanks to last night’s Daily Show, journalists with large audiences and professional legitimacy are finally beginning to discuss issues that before weren’t getting mentioned much. (Although I’d like to take this opportunity to be an egotistical jerk and toot my own horn for having brought some of these things up before. Of course, I have no audience and no journalistic credibility, so it really makes no difference whether I brought it up or not. Patting my own back from time to time just feels kinda nice, in a solipsistic and intellectually wanky sort of way.)