March 18, 2009


CNN's prize turd John King allowed Cheney to deliver fully discredited GOP talking points, letting him off the hook time and time again.

Arianna Huffington asks "What if Jon Stewart, instead of John King, interviewed Dick Cheney?"

Jon Stewart's Jim Cramer interview was a pivotal moment -- not just for Stewart, Cramer, and CNBC but also for journalism. It was a bracing reminder of what great research and a journalist more committed to getting to the truth than to landing the big get can accomplish.

Stewart kept popping into my head as I watched John King interview Dick Cheney on Sunday. Each time King let Cheney get away with spouting gross inaccuracies and revisionist history, I kept thinking how different things would have been had Stewart been asking the questions. Stewart without the comedy and without the outrage -- just armed with the facts and the willingness to ask tough questions.

So instead of stuff like this:
KING: There are people I assume watching this interview right now, and people in this town who would ask "why does Barry HUSSEIN Obama hate America?"
We would've gotten this:
STEWART: You knew this was going on under your watch! Why couldn't you have taken some of these guys hunting with you?!
He may actually have gotten a "fuck you!" in there as well. Sigh.

Someone needs to kidnap King and take him to a deprogramming center -- preferably one run by Jon Stewart and his team.

That way, the next time a denier of truth or an apologist for the broken status quo -- whether Republican or Democrat -- sits across from him, King can skip the qualifiers and do what journalists are supposed to do: hold public figures' feet to the fire.

Indeed. Instead of their balls to his face.