Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Howard Kurtz: Tucker Carlson, Stephanie Miller on Jon Stewart and "partisan hackery"

Recently Howard Kurtz hosted a panel that discussed the smackdown between CNBC's Jim Cramer and The Daily Show's Jon Stewart. The panel also featured two APF pundits, conservative Tucker Carlson and liberal Stephanie Miller. It's notable because Tucker was on the receiving end of one Jon Stewart's most memorable smackdowns. Appearing on CNN's Crossfire co hosted by Tucker, Stewart condemned the show's format of combative "partisan hackery".

Understandably after Jim Cramer and CNBC's format was criticised by Stewart, Tucker used this opportunity to get back at Stewart labelling him a "partisan hack" and warning his "sanctimonious" tone will lead him to being considered "unfunny".

VIDEO: Stephanie Miller and Tucker Carlson scoring the basic cable
showdown between CNBC and Jon Stewart
Read a partial transcript of this panel discussion on CNN- State of the Union: Reliable Sources - Aired March 15, 2009

Watching Tucker Carlson speak of Jon Stewart, the common theme is Carlson's concern for Jon Stewart's "unfunniness"
TUCKER talking Jon Stewart with Howard Kurtz: He's [Jon Stewart] smart, he's talented but he's becoming so self-serious and sanctimonious that it's just a matter of time that he becomes unfunny
TUCKER defending himself on CNN's Crossfire: Wow I thought you were going to be funny. C'mon be funny.... Is this really Jon Stewart. What's it like to have dinner with you? It must be excruciating do you lecture people when you come over their house... I think that you're more fun on you show
VIDEO: Jon Stewart on Crossfire with Tucker Carlson

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