June 28, 2004

Jon Stewart on Larry King

In case you missed it, Jon Stewart was on Larry King this past Friday. Some excerpts:

...STEWART: No. You know, [Dean] -- he was never going to get to be nominated as president and that one speech was, if not an aberration, at least it was just an example of the lack of discipline.

See, it's very clear with these guys. And you see it with Cheney when he gets caught telling the f-bomb. Their public persona and their private persona. All of this should have been put to rest in terms of the insanity of the leaders when we listened to Nixon's tapes. Do you understand what I'm saying?

Nixon would sit in a room with Kissinger and go, "those Jews." And Kissinger was just sitting there, like, "well sir, there's something I need to tell you." You know what I mean?

When you get a glimpse behind the facade that they put up, they're completely different people and we should stop pretending that they're not and they should have to stop pretending that they are these paragons of virtue and beacons of decency, and somehow be yourself. Cheney honestly is the personification of a grumble. Like when he walks around -- Wilfred Brimley is not that upset at the world. He just literally walks around, "there are things going on. I used to be able to eat cheese burgers and bacon, now I can't have anything else and it's crazy -- f-off!" He's, like, you know?

KING: So are you saying that all politicians hide themselves from us, their real selves? Is that what you're saying?

STEWART: Please tell me you didn't just ask me that.

...STEWART: Yes. I feel like, you know, I feel like the best thing to do is to convince the country that our God is the one true God and that others are less.

KING: American God, you mean?

STEWART: Yes. The one that blesses us for our manifestness.

KING: He doesn't bless England.

STEWART: No. No. He doesn't care for them. He feels that they're pasty.

KING: Pasty?

STEWART: Pasty and he doesn't care for the food.

KING: But Canada.

STEWART: Happy to have them in the attic, but not so crazy about them in general.

KING: He's a judgemental God.

STEWART: Very angry. Loves the Americans. Very big. Wants us to have bigger cars. Wants us to have bigger cars and as a little goof on us has only made a finite supply of oil. It's very -- he's very funny. He's a trickster. Here's another little joke he did. He promised three different religions they were the chosen ones, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and then, funny, follow me, he put their holiest sites all in the same place. And then he backed away and he just wants to see who wants it more. That's what this is about. This is God going, hey, show me something, people. ...

Anyway, there was also a bit about Monica Lewinsky near the beginning in which Jon puts exactly the right spin on the topic for good and all. And settled once and for all the question of whether or not a campaign should be started to give him senior editorial authority for an important media outlet to be determined.

Posted by natasha at June 28, 2004 07:43 AM | Media | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |

Larry King didn't get it. He was a stumbling lost person. He couldn't comprehend the generational gap regarding History, and he couldn't get Jon Stewart!
Larry mentioned a rather important historicl event of the 60's - Cuban Missle Crisis - shoot, can't remember and Jon brushed it off as nothing, that he was pouping his diapers at the time. Jon followed with the Southern Personal Rights turmoils as his earliest political external rememberances - that's when Jon claimed to be the youngest civil rights mardcher - that you can see him on his BigWheel in some photos. King just bought that story so BigTime that Jon had to lead him elsewhere.
Oh yeah, Larry was astonished at Jon's not giving any import to the historical reference, and I am sure would do the same tomorrow.

Posted by: Richard W. Crews at June 28, 2004 08:33 AM

I wish I had seen this live, because either the tone was awfully confrontational, or Larry King is an oblivious moron who was completely punk'd. From the very start (King: "I've interviewed lots of presidents"), to the end with the little exchange about honorary degrees (King: "I have five." Stewart: "The best thing about honorary degrees is that they're completely illegitimate."), it struck me as surprisingly combative. Funny as hell, mind you, but harsher than I would have expected.

Posted by: sean at June 28, 2004 09:46 AM

In the beginning, King was really stiff, and before the commercial break he seemed totally confused by Stewart's deadpan tone. Before the first break, it was painful to watch Stewart trying to deal with a man who so clearly wasn't in on the joke. But King warmed up admirably, and was pretty comfortable by the halfway point at the latest.

Posted by: natasha at June 28, 2004 10:57 AM

"pretty comfortable"? Was that before or after the "what, you mean politicians aren't always open and honest" comment? That one definitely had me wondering which man was the satirist...

Posted by: sean at June 28, 2004 06:03 PM

This interview with Bill Moyers makes an interesting contrast, showing (I think) how Stewart would behave when interviewed by someone he actually respects.

Posted by: sean at June 30, 2004 12:49 AM