How Big?

In the event you’re the last person on the planet who hasn’t seen this clip (and don’t worry — I’m quite sure I was second-to-last), go watch this: Jon Stewart on Crossfire. A brief warning — the clip is 18.2 MB, so make sure you’ve got a fast connection or a lot of time to wait. But it’s ever so worth it, just to see the look on Tucker Carlson’s face when Stewart says that he’s “as big a dick on [Crossfire] as on any show.”

My favorite line from the whole thing, though, hasn’t gotten much attention as of yet: after accusing Carlson and Begala of “partisan hackery,” and having that accusation turned back on him by Carlson, who insisted that Stewart brownnosed John Kerry during his August appearance on the Daily Show, Stewart responded with an incredulous “You’re on CNN. The show that leads into me is puppets making crank phone calls.”

[UPDATED, 10.16.04, 10.41 am: Forgot to include a link to the transcript on CNN, in the event your connection is too poky for the file. If you can, though, try to watch it; there’s something really remarkable about the actual performance of the script, in which, as ogged points out, the mere act of calling everyone’s attention to the empty theatricality of the event threatens to crash the entire system.]


  1. The crazy thing is that Stewart seems so much more intelligent and witty when he’s NOT scripted. I mean, not that the Daily Show isn’t great, but his appearances on O’Reilly and Crossfire (I mean “CROSSFIRE”) have been crazy. He makes these guys look stupid, instead of just their regular craven! It’s pretty impressive, I must say.

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