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Stewart Confronts McCain, Calls Administration ‘Almost Criminal’

Posted on Apr 26, 2007
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Jon Stewart did not pull his punches with recent guest John McCain in what was more of a showdown than an interview. At one point, the audience applauded Stewart and McCain said wryly, “I think I know whose side they’re on.” The host replied: “They’re on America’s side, because they’re patriots.”

Later, Stewart challenged the administration’s hypocritical record on supporting the troops: “You cannot look a soldier in the eye and say questioning the president is less supportive to you than extending your tour three months, when you should be coming home to your family. ... And that’s not fair to put on people that criticize. And you know I love you, and respect your service, and would never question any of that. And this is not about questioning the troops and their ability to fight and their ability to be supported. And that is what the administration does and that is almost criminal.”

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By Fat Clemenza, May 9, 2007 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment
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O’Reilly:  I thought I had all you guinea hoods locked up.  (Rhetorical question)

Jon : What happened to the men guarding my father?  (As if he didn’t know)

O’Reilly:  Why you little punk.  What the hell you doing telling me my business.  I pulled them guys off a here.  (McCluskey is not happy)

Jon:  How much is the Turk paying you to setup my father?  (A tone of sarcasim enters Mikey’s words.)

O’Reilly:  Take a hold of him.  Stand him up straight.  (McCluskey breaks Mikey’s Jaw with little or no sign of restraint or mercy.)

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By Fat Clemenza, May 9, 2007 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment
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Evan:  Tell Michael it was nothing personal; I always liked him. (Pause - Shifty look)  Tom…..can you get me off the hook?  For old times sake.

Bill:  Can’t do it Sal.  Ok, take him away.

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By Virgil Sollozzo, May 9, 2007 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment
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When is Jon Stewart going to invite Bill Maher’s side kick, EVAN SAYET?  I, for one, would like Evan to explain what he meant by Liberals being the terrorist’s best friends and the root of all problems in the world.

It would be interesting what he has to say outside the fortress of the Heritage Foundation; that bastion of intellectually shallow pinheads.

The Turk

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By jmndodge, April 30, 2007 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

Moyers Journal, did a great follow up on this interview with John Stewart.  Interesting to contrast the comedic skills of Jon Stewart with the professional journalism of Bill Moyers. Look for the rerun and set you tivo.

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By hearya, April 29, 2007 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment
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John Stewart was interviewed by Bill Moyers the day after this McCain show.  He told Moyers he was thinking about “how long” McCains’ arms were. 
This made me laugh.  I know a certain news cameraman who had his camera shoved into his face by John McCain, in a hotel lobby in 2000.  Later that same night he pushed Maria Shrivers’s hand mic out of his face.
Perhaps Mr. Stewart was feeling the vibe?  Good instincts.

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By Christie, April 28, 2007 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment

Stewert is not a real newsman, which is why he is able to bring these things up. Too many of the “newspeople” are afraid of losing access to interviewees- therefore they lob softballs. my question for them would be- what is the use of access if you don’t *USE* it?

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By M Currey, April 28, 2007 at 10:21 am Link to this comment
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McCain will not win, none of the Republicians will win, the interview on the Jon Stewart show was talk, it was not funny except the way McCain did not answer Jon’s question just went on with a retoric that he has said over and over and over in fact maybe the only Republician that has a shot is one who is against the war and that will not happen because he will be shot down.

Chaney is our worst vice president the fact that Harry Reid refers to him as a snarling dog is just the right fact.

Bush did not watch Gonzasles say time after time “I do not recall” and then say he did a good job, good job at what?  The answer is cover cover cover and knowing that when you cover you will not be fired for your so called job. 

The future for Gonzales is over, if the Republicians win this time is because they fixed the election box.

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By Lee, April 27, 2007 at 8:01 am Link to this comment
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Why give this man so much air time? He says nothing. No imagination, no creativity, no insights. His only “strength” is talking over people using tired propaganda babble. What a waste of time to even give this dork the podium to spew his swill.

Go ahead and grill Kucinich. Ask him why he never voted for the Iraq war. Ask him why he is in favor of impeachment. Grill Bob Barr. Bring some fresh ideas and some fresh people in to the mix.

If we are going to have to listen to these preposterous and infuriating lies, designed to disguise the mass of previously concocted preposterous lies, let’s at least hear it from Mr. Cheney himself.

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By Ralph, April 26, 2007 at 10:05 pm Link to this comment

Hey, come on cashew, you crazy nut, lighten up! People don’t “depend on Jon Stewart for their news”; they depend on Jon Stewart to reveal what is almost subliminal with the news. If you watch on a regular basis, and I fervently hope you do before forming an opinion, you will begin to notice that he skewers both sides of the aisle. It may seem to be a little lopsided in favor of the Republicans right now, but there’s a very sound reason for that…president shrub is an IQ-challenged “bubble-boy” who couldn’t make a rational decision on whether to go the men’s room before or after he soiled himself. Over 5 years ago, it was proven to almost everyone with an IQ higher than a bowling ball, that Osama and his minions attacked America; so what does shrub do…he attacks Iraq! Then when rightously indignant people of at least some intelligence start to question that moronic ploy, they are put down by cheney the dick, conda-least-of-all rice, and the poster boy for the babbling confused, donny rumrunner! Doesn’t the fact that shrub finally had to throw rummy under the greyhound, proof enough of another mistake in a long line of gaffs that are only pardoned by a slowly diminishing cadre of hard core republicans…those who aren’t facing political death by getting re-elected?? A perfect example is John McCain. One cannot question his valiant service to America in the Vietnam conflict, or be patriotically incensed with his many terrible years as a prisoner of war. But I some how feel that this experience should have framed a very vocal response against a conflict that many knew from the beginning would prove to be a “Vietnamesq repeat!” These facts will prove to be his undoing in the upcoming primaries, as will his bush-like support of something that 70% of intelligent people are against. McCain won’t even carry his home state! It’s simple math folks! Think…if you can!!

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By QuyTran, April 26, 2007 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment

This administration IS but not ALMOST criminal !

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By cashew, April 26, 2007 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment
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Jon Stewart is a comedian who people depend on for their news? Rosie? How uninformed are you people!He is one sided and only goes after Republicans. Politicians on both sides of the isle suck. Lets get back to reality and admit unless your a lobbiest you don’t have a voice.

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By AnnaCatherine, April 26, 2007 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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McCain has lost his lustre. I don’t hold that against him.But the lies are another matter. More and More he says things and then spends a week explaining and apologizing. He also finds humor in the wrong places. There’s nothing funny about an IED. He pretended to do something about the US policy on torture. Another big fat lie. I can’t forgive that. He preferred to keep Bush happy. He abandoned our military. For all the noise he made the end result was that he did nothing. Dog track time John.

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By American Slave, April 26, 2007 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

#66496 ( ) asks:
Did you see it Russert, Matthews and all you other cowardly sycophants who think you ask the tough questions?  I nominate Jon Stewart for Truthdigger Of The Year!

Real news is human news—news presented with intelligence, humor, empathy.  That’s what we get when we watch Jon Stewart and a few others.

CNN and the other pro-war pro-Bush “news media” offer mainly fake news—“fake” in the sense that junk food is fake.  The CNN offering is artificially sweetened with fear, pomposity, and elitist disdain.  The luminaries who dispense this swill are as humorless, mindless, and soulless as aparatchiks at Pravda during Stalin’s reign.  Raimondo at calls them “stenographers”.

The current American impasse is a touchstone for character.  To be or not to be human?—YOU be the Decider.  Should we fear freedom or embrace it?  YOU decide.

Those of us who revel in our humanity and freedom find the Bush dead-enders at CNN and elsewhere lame and even laughable.  For real news, we turn to Jon Stewart.

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By James Yell, April 26, 2007 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment
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I almost got in a sweat when I saw the “all most criminal”, but relieved it was only in reference to the actual behavior of this administration to the soldiers themselves, although even on that issue I think “almost is a bit un-necessarily kind to Bush”.

Really this is a criminal administration that is way past time to be indicted. The deaths that were un-necessary save for the invented reasons for a grab at Iraq oil, or control of same, is bad enough, but the many mutilated and then fairly left twisting in the breeze, I think that is criminal too. The fact that George never recognizes his own “shit” until his face is pressed in it and then blames it on the people who point it out, doesn’t give him a pass on his responsibility for this. Impeach Bush/Cheney

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By veive, April 26, 2007 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

John McCain has made the move from national hero to national embarassment.  His take on this Iraq abomination is absurd, as is his belief that our troops think their mission is worth the cost in lives ruined and dollars spent.  Time to put this John on “Ignore.”

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By Bill Blackolive, April 26, 2007 at 10:19 am Link to this comment
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Jon, somebody besides heroic Rosie must remind the US public what the rest of the world knows: There is a 9/11 coverup.

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By Hammo, April 26, 2007 at 8:26 am Link to this comment

McCain cannot be fairly called a “chicken hawk” because of his military service as a Navy pilot over Vietnam and as a POW.

However, McCain’s hawkish psychological perspectives and views on the Iraq occupation (and actions against Iran) do require serious exploration by Americans.

Again, not calling McCain a chicken hawk, yet, he is allied with many of them in his views about Iraq other matters.

So the article below is food for thought about McCain as well:

“Chicken hawks are real and dangerous”
Populist Party of America
November 26, 2006

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By anonymous, April 26, 2007 at 7:42 am Link to this comment
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Did you see it Russert, Matthews and all you other cowardly sycophants who think you ask the tough questions?

I nominate Jon Stewart for Truthdigger Of The Year!

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