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John Stewart for President: 2008

John Stewart is my hero. Not only is he hilarious, but he seems brazenly unafraid of saying what he feels. His appearance on Crossfire is amazing, if only because of the platitudes one expects from any show on TV these days. To confront the hosts in the manner he did…well, it was brilliant. Best quote of the show:

CARLSON: I do think you’re more fun on your show. Just my opinion.
STEWART: You know what’s interesting, though? You’re as big a dick on your show as you are on any show.

To see the clip, you can Bittorrent it, or stream it from iFilm.

Second best exchange:

STEWART: See, the thing is, we need your help. Right now, you’re helping the politicians and the corporations. And we’re left out there to mow our lawns.
BEGALA: By beating up on them? You just said we’re too rough on them when they make mistakes.
STEWART: No, no, no, you’re not too rough on them. You’re part of their strategies. You are partisan, what do you call it. . . hacks.

EDIT: Another stream here, and the CNN transcript here.

EDIT: On “The Daily Show” on Monday following this altercation, Jon closed his opening monologue with:

“They came back at me pretty good. They said that I wasn’t being funny. And I said to them…I know that. But tomorrow I’ll go back to being funny, and your show will still blow.”

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