The Most Watched Daily Show clip of the Year. Cramer vs. Jon Stewart.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Mar 14, 2009
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Jon Stewart has another Crossfire moment (see bottom of blog), taking on so-called journalists for ‘hurting America.’ His voice breaking. The funny left on the side. Still, he’s gentlemanly, and fair, and solution-driven. The New York Times’ ALESSANDRA STANLEY blew this one: he’s not (merely) a comedian. He’s a journalist, in the Edward R. Murrow tradition—only wearing a red clown nose. He is, like Oprah, one of the only trusted voices, leaders, in the entire country.

“Disingenuous at best, criminal at worst.”

First, the lead up, mostly in order, over the last week.






Brilliant undermining of the hype:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “The Most Watched Daily Show clip of the Year. Cramer vs. Jon Stewart.”

  1. Please go to the bottom of the page for a video link.

    I thought this piece (video) by Jon Stewert and Jim Cramer of CNBC was really well played by both parties.

    It highlights some real communication skill and power in Jon Stewert.

    As well as (a surprise to me given his TV personality) a willing and humble Jim Cramer.

    I resonated with the opinion; the financial news and stock market are largely directed by made up truths and stories. These stories report, proportionally, on a very small part and population of our country. T.V. like CNBC is comparable to the MTV reality show, "The Real World". A way for people to justifiably "not be present" to the here and now, living the highs and lows of changing numbers on a screen. Distracted by events, people and lives that have very little to do with anything touch, taste, witness, smell, listen of being present. Being present to real value.

    From outside the market is about everywhere other than here. In seems synonymous with betting on a horse at the track based on numbers, times and a description.

    In other words gambling.

    At one point Jon says, "Do you have any idea of how angry this makes me?", I loved to hear Jon declare that.

    I also particularly enjoyed the "bait and catch" that the Comedy Central website used to get me to browse around their site for an additional 2:15 of interview. I knew I was being led to their website and I followed the bait. (Curious.) Representing another digit in the number of "hits" per day counter on their website.

    From this experience with the video I feel compelled to make a pledge.

    I pledge to focus my investments, interest and passion into my local economy. I will choose to buy local as often as possible. I will look to barter and share as often as possible in order to begin the transition towards a less monetary and more resource based economy.

    I understand that my continued support of my local world will result in a positive effect on the whole.

    I am so excited about the community of people that have come into connection through my life. I feel inspired more than ever to contribute to my community and to see us prosper and thrive.

    I welcome your own Pledges about any area of your life where you want to create some momentum.

    The time is now for us to step up into leadership in our WORLD, country, statE, CiTy, and



    Dear Friend,

    We know about the Bush administration turning a blind eye and refusing to regulate bad behavior. We know about the banks that played fast and loose with our retirements, and then, when it all blew up, they took golden parachutes lined with our tax dollars.

    On March 12, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show discussed another serious problem: financial news networks like CNBC that promoted Wall Street propaganda and then blamed the financial crisis on "losers" who couldn't make their mortgage payments.

    Stewart took on Jim Cramer of CNBC; the interview was moving, appalling, and a searing indictment that really hit home.

    I just watched the interview and signed a petition to tell CNBC that they should be ashamed of their behavior. A financial news channel should investigate and report the truth, not merely air infomercials for Wall Street.

    Please have a look and take action.


    [email protected]

    "Power flows where your intention goes."

  2. Anna says:

    I really enjoyed this smart bit of TV- Stewart speaks up for a lot of people wondering why nobody is chastising the big networks for selling/supporting these big greedy corporations. They are soooooo part of the problem!

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