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Jon Stewart Compares CNN to ‘The Doll Chucky’

Given an opportunity on CNN to talk about how much he likes CNN, Jon Stewart qualified his answer. Stewart told Fareed Zakaria “CNN is very similar to the doll Chucky,” referring to the character in the series of horror films that date from 1988′s “Child’s Play” through 2013′s “Curse of Chucky.”


How, exactly, is CNN like Chucky? Stewart says most of the time, the network is “good Chucky” with journalists around the globe reporting from dangerous places to tell important stories. But not always. “I want more of good CNN,” the “Daily Show” host said.

“Sometimes it’s good Chucky. But you’ve really got to watch out for bad Chucky.”

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‘If Walter Cronkite and Jon Stewart had a Baby its Name Would be Brian Douglas Williams’

Brian Williams has been immortalized in the Garden State.

At an event in Asbury Park last night, the “NBC Nightly News” anchor was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, by none other than the state’s most famous resident (not Chris Christie) Bruce Springsteen.

“He first worked in broadcasting at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas… didn’t know that existed,” said Springsteen. “Then Washington, Philadelphia and finally New York City.”

“To paraphrase a friend of mine,” said Springsteen, “if Walter Cronkite and Jon Stewart had a baby, and due to the ongoing controversy over same sex-marriage they had to abandon that baby on the New Jersey turnpike, and it grew up to be a news anchor, its name would be Brian Douglas Williams.”

“I wouldn’t trade growing up where I did, how I did, with anyone, anywhere,” said Williams. WATCH:

Ubiquitous Jon Stewart’s Next Stop is ‘The O’Reilly Factor’

400JONBILLJon Stewart has been on pretty much every news channel recently (TV and Web) to promote his film “Rosewater.” But tonight’s appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” has the potential to make news for other reasons. Because, well, it always seems to make news when Stewart and O’Reilly  get together.

Last month, Bill O’Reilly  was on Stewart’s show to promote “Killing Patton,” where they got into a debate over White Privilege. The longtime frenemies have been frequent guests on each other’s shows since 2001 and even had a debate back in 2012.

Stewart’s visit to Fox comes the same week the “Daily Show” host had a verbal spat Fox Newser Sean Hannity.

Sean Hannity, Dubbed ‘Loathsome’ By Jon Stewart, Fires Back

18a60d7nzlrp7jpgFox News host Sean Hannity, who said in a recent interview with TVNewser that Stephen Colbert isn’t “as funny as Jon Stewart“, isn’t finding Stewart all that funny these days. The “Daily Show” host told Rolling Stone that “Sean Hannity is probably the most loathsome dude over there.”

Now Hannity’s firing back, in an email to Politico’s Dylan Byers:

“Jon’s problem is he has his head so far up Obama’s ass he cannot see clearly, he is obviously better suited to reading his joke writers material, and making his clapping seal audience happy,” Hannity continued.

“I await another Rally to Restore Sanity with Fatwah supporter Cat Stevens!!” he said, referring to the event that Stewart and Stephen Colbert hosted in Washington, D.C., in 2010.

Jon Stewart on ‘Meet the Press:’ ‘They’re Confused’

StewartSundayFor “CBS Sunday Morning,” Mo Rocco asks Jon Stewart about being approached by NBC about the possibility of taking his act to the venerable “Meet the Press.”

“They didn’t offer me anything, it was just one of those, like, ‘What do you think about that?’ kind of conversations,” Stewart says.

Rocco: “And what did you say about that?”

Stewart: “I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

Rocco’s interview with Stewart airs this Sunday. As for the venerable “Sunday Morning,” the CBS News broadcast drew more than six million viewers last Sunday, its biggest audience since March and up +6% in viewers compared to the same Sunday last year. Season-to-date, the show is up +8% in the A25-54 demo and up +6% in viewers.

See the Stewart clip (where he also talks about the family pets) after the jump. Read more

Jon Stewart Apologizes, Says He Was Kidding About Not Voting

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 11.37.13 PMJon Stewart stirred reaction with an appearance at CNN, and an flip comment that he did not bother to vote on Election Day. On his show tonight, he took a moment to apologize, saying it should have been more clear that he was just kidding, and he did, in fact, vote.

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Jon Stewart Drops by CNN

On this Election Day 2014, Jon Stewart is in the belly of the beast.

The man responsible for the cancelation of “Crossfire” (the first time), who launched a campaign earlier this year to buy the company, and who, earlier this week, called the network “an opportunity squandered,” was at CNN today for an interview with Christiane Amanpour. Stewart tells Amanpour he didn’t vote today, because, having just moved out of New York State, he doesn’t know where his polling place is. (After the jump)

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‘Daily Show’ Heads to Austin for Election Day: ‘Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess’

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Comedy Central has announced its plans for Election Day, with Jon Stewart taking “The Daily Show” on the road to Texas. Next week, the show will cover the midterm elections with special coverage dubbed “Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess.”

The week of shows, starting October 27, will tape at Austin’s ZACH Theatre and air nightly at 11 p.m.:

Guests will include Texas State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis (D-TX) who will be promoting her book, “Forgetting to be Afraid” (October 27), Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX; October 28) and a performance by Austin natives Spoon from their new album, “They Want My Soul” (October 30). Read more

Bill O’Reilly: ‘I’m Sitting Here Because I’m Obnoxious, Not Because I’m White’

OreillyStewart2In an extended “Daily Show” interview Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly finally settled the white privilege debate. Or not. Stewart argues it exists. O’Reilly says it doesn’t.

“Let me repeat this and I’ll do it slowly so that even you can understand,” O’Reilly said to Stewart, “If you work hard, if you get educated, if you’re an honest person, YOU CAN MAKE IT IN AMERICA!”

Stewart shot back: “If you live in a neighborhood where poverty is endemic, where it’s harder to work hard, where it’s harder to get an education…”

“YES. It’s harder if you’re a ghetto kid. But can you do it? YES!” O’Reilly shot back.

At one point an audience member heckled the Fox News host. “You think I’m sitting here because I’m white? O’Reilly said. “I’m sitting here because I’m obnoxious, not because I’m white,”

Stewart eventually got O’Reilly to admit that, without “condemning modern society,” that white privilege is “a factor” of American history.

“You, Bill O’Reilly, can lead the flock of the Fox faithful to a better place,” Stewart said in closing.

Sunday Show Ratings: October 5

sunday shows_304With revised Nielsen data in for Sunday, Oct. 5, “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” is now No.1 in total viewers and the A25-54 demo. And compared to the same week last year it was the only broadcast to show both total viewer and demo growth.

With the restated Nielsen data, “Meet the Press” and “Fox News Sunday” both added total viewers, while “This Week” lost viewers.

“Meet the Press” was down the most of the Sunday public affairs shows: -15% in viewers and down -34% in the demo vs. the same Sunday last year which was the beginning of the government shutdown. “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday” were also down double digits in the demo.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,734,000 total viewers and 376,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for October 5:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“Face the Nation” 3.337M 935,000
“This Week” 2.91M 840,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.51M 663,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.18M 365,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 815,000 409,000