Monday, March 16, 2009

Cramer v. Stewart (and O'Reilly and Hannity)

I've got no problem with the way Stewart loaded up the questions and then crushed the puny Cramer and his Mad Money. Stewart's show is what it is, primarily a comedy show with bits of news and current events tossed in to make it relevant. It's the SNL weekend update for thirty minutes every weeknight.

In fact, from what little bits of Cramer's show I've caught in the kitchen at the office, his show is rather like Stewart's: primarily schtick with a bit of finance and economics tossed into the mix. The big difference is that Cramer's is on a "real" network while Stewart's is on the Comedy Channel.

I can't listen to O'Reilly and Hannity for the exact reasons LJ listed. Well, I guess I should say I've almost never listened to their radio shows. I can't watch the televsion programs for the exact reasons LJ listed. I don't even mind them being incredibly one-sided...that is what they do. I loathe the technique LJ described and the shouting.


Stephanie said...

I think you're not watching The Daily Show. Often has oddly good interviews (including lots of authors where Stewart has actually read the book). There's an aspect of the 10-minute monologue that's like SNL Weekend Update, and some of the jokes may not be much better, but lots of it is an order of magnitude better -- more thoughtful and much sharper.

Scooter said...

Not very often at all...maybe once a month. I'm just not sure I'd want to base an argument about based on a Dennis Miller comment on one or his subjects.

I suppose I just don't know enough about Stewart's bona fides.