Not sure if you saw it, but Jon Stewart just went all John Galt on Santelli, Kramer, Baritromo, and the rest of the hacks at CNBC. I will post it when it goes up. And his next segment about the DOW was just as good.
I think I need a cigarette.
*** Update ***
The whole show was great. I love how he compared CNBC interviewing the Wall Street guys with a weatherman interviewing Hurricane Katrina.
Jon Stewart just went all John Galt…
Poutily withdrew from them?
The interview with Nocera is pretty good too. It just gives you a sense what a clusterfuck the wall street people lead us into with their fancy instruments.
My exact reaction too.
He mocked Santelli for having a Howard Beale moment, but that was pretty close to the real deal.
Man, that was sweet! What a takedown.
He really showed how bad the CNBC analysts were, who are now bloviating at the rest of us that we should listen to them.
…and here I was worrying that Stewart would not be anywhere near as funny with BushCo no longer in the White House, providing daily grist for the comedy mill.
Wingnuttery too cheap to meter!
…and here I was worrying that Stewart would not be anywhere near as funny with BushCo no longer in the White House, providing daily grist for the comedy mill.
That was a concern. However, looks like cable news can be plenty wingnutty enough for him to have abundant material.
Rick the Douchebag, Bartiromo the Fluffer, Kramer the Shill.
A pack of flaming assholes that deserve every ounce of scorn and ridicule thrown their way.
It was amazing!
He crushed CNBC.
he just called Maria a money-honey. She always makes me think of this, while pretending she is a real journalist.
Wow, i was shocked at how much he went after them. And it lasted the whole show. Amazing. It was like the Santelli rant, only funny, intelligent and true. And 30 minutes long. Just fantastic work.
Why is John Stewart the only one who tells it straight?
THE best Stew rant in YEARS. Just fucking awesum
Funny – few people thought Stewart would step it up with a Dem in the White House, but he has.
*places money on John Stewart’s dresser*
And now Colbert is crucifying Beck. I wonder if BrickHead is watching.
Just remember, Tucker (and to a lesser extent Begala) have never recovered, and I wish the same fate on the screaming reactionaries on CNBC. Of course, they ARE on CNBC, so 90% of Mission:Obscurity is already accomplished.
You can make a killing in the market by doing the exact opposite of what CNBC says…
I wonder if that had anything to do with the fact that CNBC cancelled Santelli appearance on Jon’s show.
Mike in NC
Colbert is right now beating up on Glenn Beck and the other FOX Noise morons with their idiotic doomsday scenarios about a new civil war.
Colbert is off the hook too.
And I can just imagine how much stewart would have killed santelli if he showed up. This had nothing to do with the cancellation.
I take a great deal of consolation knowing that the twenty-somethings tune in for Stewart and Colbert instead of the crap the morning news shows run out there.
Hahah I can’t wait to hear from my friend Carl about Colbert. He’s a guest on the show tonight.
I had a Camel straight. I was unsure whether to laugh or …
I decided laugh
Colbert’s Doom kind of …dragged.
he wrote about Celine Dion?
Okay now that I saw the interview I get it. Nice work by your friend.
C Nelson Reilly
I’ve often been told that I resemble Ron Insana after a week long whiskey bender. Before he ditched the toupee.
IIRC, before the last election some of the R’s were complaining about how people were getting the news from Stewart, Colbert and the Internet. They never could figure out why. They still can’t.
Valdivia: yep, that’s him! It’s a great book and he’s a sharp guy — his blog Zoilus is well worth a read too. Would link it here but I’m writing on my iPhone. I’ve actually got a proposal on Radiohead in for another book in that overall series the Celine book is part of.
The Other Steve
Wish I could see that shit… but have to wait for it on hulu.
Just finished installing Windows 7 beta on a new terabyte harddrive. Life is Good.
thanks for the reply and good luck with your book.
Valdivia: you’re welcome and thanks!
Yeah, my mom is a (R), but pretty lightweight with a nice Fox News gloss. Her biggest sin is getting sucked into the lie – she believed the maglev train from Disneyland, for example (which I promptly straightened out), and I’ve noted that she gives Fox a pass every time they lie to her, but clings like velcro to every Dem lie ever issued in the last 20 years.
Anyway, she was surprised a few months back when I said the only TV news I watched was TDS/Colbert. When she visited we watched a few shows together and I think she started to get it. She was surprised that they were calling out Pelosi and Dems, but were focusing more on the media than even on Republicans (in the shows we were watching). I showed her the Crossfire show with Stewart and I think she gets it even better now. We’ll see if it sticks…
CNBC is basically the same as Sesame Street, with its funny furry characters and schtick.
The difference is that Sesame Street actually provides useful information.
I’m sorry, but I would not want to tickle any of those Elmos.
I’m so showing this whole show to my coworker somehow tomorrow. I couldn’t get him to the dark side during the election, but I think I he’s finally coming around.
Too late for VA, but not too late for America!
That was one of the best hours of television I have seen in a long time. Stewart’s eviscerating of CNBC was amazing. I laughed, but I also thought that the opening sequence could finally be the thing that truly raises the anger among the masses. And Colbert’s Doom Bunker I think just earned him another Emmy. For those of you who have not seen it, I have two words: Koala Pox. I do have to wonder if Papa Bear O’Reilly is getting a little jealous; Colbert has been spending a lot of time focusing on Glen Beck lately.
CNN, I wasn’t a fan, but I could get along with Aaron Brown, since then…
Beck wandering over to Fox may be the end of him, it’s bad for a drunk/addict to not be challenged, it’s real easy to start thinking your shit don’t stink and that is where that road ends in a smash.
I love this mishmash video of Cramer. What’s most illuminating is the clip of Cramer telling his Mad Money audience that the pros are going batty trying to figure out the market and therefore a great time for amateur traders to make money.
Let that sink in…
Cramer is all about helping his investment banker friends.
Does Bobby Flay ever win a throwdown? Ever?
@C Nelson Reilly:
Well you and Brett were always good for a laugh.
@John Cole: Bobby Flay is a total douche-bag!
Edit: Just like Rene Descartes. ;-)
B.O.B., is that you?
I know this has been said before, but people always forget that the point of TDS isn’t to mock politicians directly, but to mock our ridiculous cable news industry. The target shifted a little during the Bush administration because the media so completely abdicated their job that there was too much OMFG! material to pass up. But regardless of what party or individual is in power, there’s no end of material for the folks at Comedy Central’s World News Headquarters(TM).
That’s what makes it fun. He’s such an egomaniac douche that you want to see him defeated.
I have seen him win once or twice, though.
@John Cole: No, and that’s the reason I have the show on my DVR. I have a love/hate relationship with him–he’s a rare combination of pompous ass with a sense of humor about himself, and he’s really good about bringing in new sous-chefs on Iron Chef America. But he’s got that smirk that just drives me nuts.
Aren’t those Throwdown episodes taped? In any case, he is generally a loser. Why does he think he would win anyway against folks who make their living on the recipes? Pretty egotisitical….right?
Chopped is actually pretty good. Check it out.
Flay drives me nuts, he’s such an asshole.
I have a crush on Mario Batali and his long shorts and ugly clogs.
edit – And Bobby over-seasoned everything on all of his other shows.
Jeez, that was funny :)
OMG, what a smackdown. Sooo satisfying.
And the "Moment of Zen" at the end…classic.
Ithink I remember him from the first Iron Chef america and he had won, but he promptly pissed of the japanese guy because he got up on table and stepped on his cutting board. A big no-no in japanese culture.
He also had a pretentious cooking show with what looked like smirking 20 an 30 good looking, successful girls and guys surrounding him. I don’t have cable anymore and I haven’t watched Iron Chef or bobby flay’s cooking show for many years. But thanks to the magic of hulu I can watch some of the cooking shows!!
Wile E. Quixote
I just watched Jon Stewart’s "apology" to Rush Limbaugh and I’m wondering if Rush got the idea for his new, all black, outfit with the collar unbuttoned from Stephen Seagal. Someone needs to tell the two of them that while black is slimming, it’s not *that* slimming.
John Stewart – 10; CNBC – 0
Who will respond? Cramer for sure.
The writers obviously did their home work. The term "money honey" is used by Kevin Phillips, in: “Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism.”
For a BBC view, try Max Keiser in The Oracle
Overly theatrical yes, but highly informative.
Colbert delivered a punch too.
Our mental environments are polluted with spin. Comedy clears the air, which is why power finds it inconvenient and hateful.
IIRC, that was on the original (Japanese) Iron Chef, and his pissed-off opponent was Morimoto.
He may have done a reprise for Iron Chef America.
Is there any culture where jumping up on the table and stepping on cutting boards is acceptable?
@Wile E. Quixote:
According to Letterman, it’s the Eastern European gangster look. Or the guy who says, "I’m sorry, the casino’s closed."
Brick Oven Bill
That’s not fair. Why can’t Rush have his own comedy show?
I loved the Mess O’Potamia segment where he did a side-by-side showing that Obamaerica’s plan in Iraq was exactly to-the-word the same as Bush’s plan.
Hey, change you can believe in… only if you were a blind, unicorn-riding fool.
The whole week was brilliant, then again he’s had a lot of material.
@Brick Oven Bill:
He can, you’ll need to volunteer to be his idiotic side kick.
Critical I’m fine with, but could you sound like less of an obnoxious Naderite/Larouchite/Paultard/PUMA dope?
Well, let’s see how things play out, shall we?
I don’t remember Bush being too good on satisfying his campaign pledges, but so far Obama’s been doing rather well.
Colbert’s Doom Bunker might have been the funniest segment he’s ever done.
Comrade Baron Elmo
Man, Jon Stewart has been on fire these last few weeks… and The Daily Show is ten pounds of win in a five pound box. He could net a Pulitzer at this rate. I don’t know how he does it, but Jon only gets funnier and smarter as his anger level rises. May his outrage burn bright forever.
When do we start nominating Stewart as leader of the Democratic Party?
The Republicans can swap out Limbaugh for Colbert if they want.
@regionswork: Actually, TDS has used "money honey" before. It’s in America: The Book. It’s a hand-written page, ostensibly written by the director of a 24 hour news network, describing how they’ll fill 24 hours of broadcasts daily given that very little actual news occurs and thus the need to fill time is great.
Part of it they leave for a stock report, hosted by a hot woman, but not one too hot as to not be believable. They try to settle on a name for her, rejecting "Cash Gash" and "Wall Streetwalker" before settling on "Money Honey".
Talented as Stewart and Colbert are, the material just keeps writing itself. If I didn’t know better, I would have thot the Glenn Beck War Room was pretty good satire of wingnuttery unchained with a megaphone.
OT: The Beat Goes On:
John Boehner has an op-ed in today’s Washington Post exposing the Democrats’ nefarious plan to divert attention away from their spending and toward Rush Limbaugh.
Also in WaPo Op-Eds: George Will advises Congress to insist on approval rights for Obama’s plan to leave 50,000 troops ion Iraq.
It’s like they’ve killed their brains and left their bodies behind to annoy.
If you’re talking about the show where he ambushes some poor specialty chef in his or her place of business, I think he always "graciously" loses in the end, but he makes up for it with 29 minutes of sneering, egotism and New York "style" before that. Ugh.
If you’re talking about Iron Chef, I dunno. I can’t watch him on that show, for some reason. Actually, I realize, I don’t watch the American version of the show much at all. Part of the appeal of the original was the weird cross-cultural vibe and the voice-over translation. The American version, you lose that and you’re left with just the hokey.
I watched TDS again this morning it is even better on second viewing.
The WaPo obviously think their job is not done until they have given their pages totally to Teh Stupid no?
Who wants to meeting behind closed doors at CNBC this morning? A fly on the wall maybe but not sitting at a desk discussing whether or not they should respond.
Now wait. About Bobby Flay. He grew up really poor in North Carolina and suffered badly from dyslexia. He was bullied and ridiculed in school and failed high school due to his disability. When he was 16 he bought a car for $300 for his father and got a job in a restaurant that his girlfriend’s parents owned so he could pay off his car. This is when he found his calling — starting off washing dishes and some of the short order cooks took a liking to him and he took off from there, the only thing he’d ever been successful at. Now he’s a New York chef as well as his TV work, but he hasn’t forgotten his hard times, and he finances a poor kid through cooking school every year.
Okay you don’t like the throwdown, but it gives these regional cooks some visibility and I always took it as good fun, and I think that most people do. I think he’s a decent guy with a good heart and the world could use a few more like that. I don’t give a crap about standing on someone’s cutting board, a lot of people do stupid things but I hardly see that it’s a reason for anyone but the offended chef to hold that against him. Geeez, people. Lighten up. At least he doesn’t wear terrorist scarfs.
?? I refuse to click on it and read it. Is he saying that congress has to agree to him drawing down to 50k, or approve any draw down under 50k?
I think this country is way off the tracks with referring to the President as seemingly commander in chief of everything, and the extent which the President has power far in excess of what the Constitution allows (imo), but if there is one thing I would think the CoC is legitimately and undisputedly within his rights to do is to deploy troops (to the extent he can do so without a declaration of war, ie I think it would be outside Obama’s power to deploy the troops to China with guns a blazing), and the draw down is simply a troop deployment. So Will must be advocating something blatently unconstitutional to tie Obama’s hands.
Maria Bartiromo of CNBC has been called the "money honey" for at least 10 years. Her Wikipedia entry cites a USA Today story from January 1998, and I remember it from before that.
From the WSJ:
Wait, so making windmills and electric cars doesn’t count as production? Personally, I think high tech cars are pretty damn cool and would love for them to be made by American companies. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean that others won’t, which is a lesson you’d think that the Wall Street Journal would understand.
Hi – totally OT, but I’ve decided to try to get a job in a hospital or medical facility if I can. I’m pretty much over lawyers who have pretty much sucked my soul dry, leaving a dry husk of a person in its place.
(Not really, I just like hyperbole as you may have noticed – they just do what they do, but the vibes are pretty negative as a whole – also they’re not hiring).
If I find something different, it will be interesting to see if will be happier, even if I’m broke most of the time. What the hell, so is everybody else, god bless ’em.
I’m looking forward to the introduction to CNBC’s latest 30 minute program-infomercial: BILLY MAYS HERE WITH THE AMAZING STOCK PICKER.
Stewart’s show was 30 minutes of excellent…but Colbert’s takedown of Beck was just one of the funniest segments on TV in years.
"Blatantly unconstitutional" pretty well sums it up. Will wants Congress to assert itself and demand the ability to approve/disapprove of Obama’s plan to draw down troops in Iraq. He feels that Congress should insert itself more into foreign policy in general. Well, he does now anyway.
"What Ronald Reagan knew and they don’t is that what moves a nation is the vital, teeming life of the private economy—work, ideas, innovation, the excitement of production, getting bigger."
The production was hustled offshore and much of the work went with it. The innovation was financial instruments that spun money from thin air and the ideas amounted to a financial version of Mutually Assured Destruction. Fuck. What’s next for WSJ? A serialized version of "Horatio Alger"?
Rick Santelli – Joe the Plumber 2012!
I personally have always enjoyed the comic stylings of CNBC’s Rick "I’m Mad as Hell Am Not Going to Take It Anymore" Santelli and Bob "America Needs a Bong Break" Pisani. And that Jim Cramer is a regular laugh riot.
"If only I’d followed CNBC’s advice, I’d have a million dollars, provided I’d started with a hundred million dollars." – Jon Stewart
Today’s WaPo is the gift that keeps on giving. RNC Chair Michael Steele is the subject of a piece titled, ‘I’m in the Business of Ticking People Off’
With WaPo’s ability to keep a straight face now firmly established, a quote:
Just caught this episode on the internets. Epic pwnage.
joe from Lowell
Wow. Conservatives do economic populism almost as effectively as they play the race card.
I think the comparison is unfair. John Galt went on for 80 pages of boring while John Stewart went on for 8 minutes of hilarious.
@Brick Oven Bill:
Horribly unfair, isn’t it?
Perhaps the Republicans can push through some kind of "doctrine" about keeping the cable channels "fair" to both points of view and force Comedy Central to give the lying sack of crap his own comedy show too. I’m sure they’ll get right on that.
(Rush does actually call himself a "comedian", though he isn’t particularly funny. And he actually did have his own teevee show back in the day. It tanked in the ratings eventually and disappeared. Limbaugh has a face made for radio and a voice made for wind tunnels, so it doesn’t surprise me that no one wanted to watch his "30 Minutes of Hate" or whatever he called his show. Still, if Oxycontin Rush wants to give a teevee career another try, he probably just has to call up the dittoheads over at Fox and demand to have O’Reilly’s slot. They’d probably give it to him, or at least offer him Beck’s if he wanted it.)
@Brick Oven Bill:
Doesn’t Rush already have his own daily comedy show?
I completely agree with Tom.
I was shocked at the reaction to Flay here. I find him gracious and respectful to the other chefs, except for very gentle trash-talking that can’t even be called trash-talking.
He’s giving visibility to guys who clearly don’t have that much oftentimes, and it’s done with good spirit and humor.
I don’t get it.
@Tom at 73
Completely agree. The guy’s worked hard and does the right thing, even with a little attitude here and there.
As I flip through and catch him on any cooking show I watch for a bit as I enjoy his style and like grilled meat.
As a side note – best mofo margarita I’ve ever had in my life was at his restaurant in Vegas. Fresh ingredients, Herradura tequila – 7 kinds of win going on there.
Just because their is someone sensible in the White House doesn’t mean that there still aren’t a lot of idiots out there worthy of mockery. After hydrogen, idiocy is the most plentiful substance in the universe.
I think some people forget that The Daily Show is a parody of a news show, not politics. The Bush years made it seem more like a political comedy show, but last nights CNBC show is actually closer to the shows roots.
Accept no substitutes…