By Rick Saunders
Wow. Did you see that riotously funny exchange last Thursday between Comedy Central’s Jon “The Daily Show” Stewart and CNBC’s Jim “Mad Money” Cramer?
The one where Stewart reamed Cramer for having the temerity to try to avoid personal blame for the meltdown of the stock market? The one where Cramer showed up–voluntarily, no doubt–to have Stewart fire one verbal RPG after another at him and sheepishly take it all? Where Stewart droned on with his side-splitting rapier wit, slicing and dicing Cramer for being . . . outspoken?
Cramer originally–and correctly, I might add–observed a while back on NBC’s Today Show that the stock market was not particularly investor-friendly these days and that the various bailouts and administration “stimulus” packages seem to have failed because, as he noted, “we have an agenda in this country now that I regard as being a radical agenda. I think that we had a budget come out that basically put a level of fear in this country that I’ve not seen ever in my life, and I think that that changed everything.”
Adding heresy to truth, he then opined that the economic policies now being peddled by the Guy from Chicago and battering the stock market were leading to “the greatest wealth destruction I’ve seen by a president.”
Ouch. These were strong words coming from a CNBC guy, and one not usually identified as a conservative or one particularly friendly to Republicans. In fact, Cramer admits to being a democrat, and an Obama supporter. This, my friends, could not be tolerated. Wouldn’t you love to have been the fly on the wall for the “8:45 AM Call” the day after Cramer uttered those opinions? While the story cannot be confirmed, rumors continue to swirl that within five nanoseconds of Cramer’s Today Show remarks, the iPhone and BlackBerry traffic between and among leftist and pro-administration operatives–wherever located–was melting the D.C. cell phone switcher equipment: Cramer would pay for that disloyalty . . . and pay dearly.
How dare he even suggest that the stock market nosedive was caused, even indirectly, by anything other than the usual suspects, those being greedy “Wall Street” brokers, insensitive “de-reg” Republicans and, of course, that evil face of the Republican Party, El Rushbo, not to mention his equally evil Neo-Con bloggers? (I wear that badge with pride. — Jeff) Did Cramer not get The Memo? Honestly . . . to intimate that The Chosen One’s policies had anything–ANYTHING–to do with the stock market’s nosedive was, well, just unacceptable. It looked for a moment like Cramer would become the new Rush Limbaugh bathroom tissue for leftist Port-a-Potties
So, when invited to appear on Stewart’s show, Cramer (or someone on his behalf) graciously accepted and the charade proceeded. Maybe, just maybe, if Stewart could denigrate and humiliate Cramer enough–and if Cramer genuflected and took it–perhaps redemption could be dispensed. It was an entertaining skit. Kind of like Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.
On Friday, the day after the skit aired, at a White House press briefing, a reporter – Connie Whozits – in framing her question to White House Press Secretary Robert “I’ll-Get-Back-to-You-With-an-Answer-to-That-Question-After-I-Check-With-Somebody-Who-Actually-Knows” Gibbs, contended with a straight face that the Cramer/Stewart episode was “serious journalism.” Things have gotten so horribly skewed in what remains of this nation’s once-respected journalistic community that verbal IED’s being lobbed at Jim Cramer by a leftist ideologue–and paid comedian, no less–trying to provide cover and shift blame have now become “serious journalism.”
Connie then asked: “Does the White House believe that this is the obligation of journalists to call out lies, to warn the public that there are dangers ahead?”
Say what? The mainstream media jettisoned any semblance of “obligation”–let alone principle–to call out lies, dissembling, incompetence, ineptitude and garden variety stupidity four nanoseconds following The Chosen One’s capturing of the Democratic Party nomination. And its hypocrisy has only deepened since November 4, 2008 and January 20, 2009. That jettison was confirmed by a cacophony of knowing, sycophantic laughter from the press corps after Gibbs responded to the reporter’s “extemporaneous” question by observing that he watched the episode and Stewart’s charade “tongue-lashing” and “enjoyed it thoroughly.” Ha ha ha.
Whether Cramer genuflected sufficiently low enough for his CNBC bosses or Gibbs or Stewart or Obama is yet unclear. However, following the skit, Cramer appeared on MSNBC with Joe Scarborough and appeared to have found something resembling a spine. Even Scarborough seemed to be asking the right questions by calling into doubt Jon Stewart’s “objectivity.” Careful, guys: 8:45 AM comes every day.
A cynic might ask: where was Jon Stewart when Rep. Barney Frank was telling everyone that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were “basically sound?” Where was Jon Stewart when Obama said that the days of earmarks were done and gone? And where was Jon Stewart when Bernie Madoff was making big-time contributions to the Democratic Senatorial Committee (from which, yes, The Guy from Chicago benefited) as well as to the likes of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Charles Rangel? Hello? Anyone?
Stewart is a lap dog, a hitman to be used by the powers that be in the Democratic Party when they want somebody trashed alongside a laugh track. Nothing more, nothing less. So, when all is said and done, perhaps this explains in part why Stewart appears on a network called “Comedy Central.”
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.