Being german and living in vienna, I obviously have very little exposition to American TV. I do regularly watch The Daily Show on their website, and I am somewhat disturbed to hear so many people claim Jon Stewart is one of the last few somewhat critical "news anchors" that arent blatantly in anyones pocket.... is it really that bad? I mean, hes great, and he does ask questions that need to be asked, and dont get asked.. but there must be far more on the bigger channels, I d hope.
Either way, through this segment I got to know about Jim Cramer and "Mad Money", and holy shit.... now I am scared. "Mad Money" is exactly the type of Idiocracy-style caters-to-morons-with-ADD show I thought only existed in Demolition-Man-style future movies. I cant watch that guy for more than 2 Minutes without wanting to throttle him, his kittens and burn the studio to be safe.
Dont tell me thats todays american TV now. And to think people invest their money based on the lunatic ravings of this maniac.... I am now less surprised by the consumer end of this economic crisis than I was before.
One thing I find funny about Jon Stewart is... he is a comedian. He is NOT a journalist, though sometimes doing a good job at being it.... but in the end, he is there to be fun. Whenever people he made fun of strike back, they try to do it from the "irresponsible journalist/bad news anchor" angle... which is exactly what he is hoping for, and which cannot work.
It is very difficult to successfully attack a funny, yet observant and usually quite correct court jester. It always has been. It may be a bit of a stretch, but guys like Stewart are exactly what a court jester used to be back then.... not just fun, but a way of saying things that otherwise could not be said.
Attacking him is just proving his point.
I just saw that Cramer is going to show up on the Daily Show himself. Now that is going to be interesting.