January 07, 2005

The Monkey Wins

Jon Stewart had a pretty good 2004- bringing “The Daily Show” to a creative and popular peak during the election, writing the best-selling “America: The Book,” and winning Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year Award. As ’05 dawns, Stewart can add another feather to his cap: he got “Crossfire” canceled.

Three months after Stewart famously went on that show, called Tucker Carlson a “dick,” and accused the hosts of “hurting America,” new CNN boss Jon Klein canceled the show, fired Carlson, and declared that he “comes down in the Jon Stewart camp.” Not that I disagree with any of the three decisions, but I just hope Klein –who as a CBS exec made the infamous comment about the average blogger being “guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas”- can put something on the air that’s not as boring or mundane as “Crossfire” and rest of CNN’s sorry existing programming. He also threw a longtime employee under the bus, as Mickey Kaus pointed out.

As for “Crossfire,” I’m not really going to miss it (even though my sister interned there one semester); besides, those types of shows tend to work better when, such as in the case of “Hannity & Colmes,” one side isn’t actually trying to win.

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 7, 2005 05:50 PM

Yeah, I went to see crossfire once at GW and it totally sucked! So glad its gone, still they need to give Carville his own show...I love that guy!

Posted by: A at January 9, 2005 12:56 AM
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