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Stewart rips Cramer apart

March 13, 2009

Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly writes that “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart was the winner in his showdown Thursday night with “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer.

Tucker writes, “Instead of being his usual feisty self, financial advisor Jim Cramer could not apologize fast enough to Stewart for what he repeatedly called his ‘shenanigans’ as host of CNBC’s Mad Money.

“Note I said ‘almost,’ because something pretty amazing happened. Things got dead-serious as Stewart played 2006 clips of Cramer talking about how to manipulate stocks and create Wall Street rumors during the time he was a hedge-fund manager. You could almost see the blood drain from Cramer’s face every time the camera returned to him in the studio with Stewart. Talking about the present-day crisis, Stewart tore into Cramer, saying for doing things like urging his viewers to buy Bear Stearns stock shortly before that investment bank collapsed. ‘It’s not a f—— game,’ said Stewart, asserting that what Cramer and other financial reporters did could be considered ‘criminal at worst.’

“Yes, the half-hour was frequently hilarious. Showing a clip of Cramer using a rolling-pin on some pie crust with Martha Stewart on her TV show earlier in the day, the Daily Show host said, ‘Don’t you destroy enough dough on your own show?’

“Stewart alllowed as how he and Cramer are, as TV entertainers, ‘both snake-oil salesmen to a certain extent.’ He said that in all the joking and sniping that had been done over the past few weeks about financial news reporting on TV, Cramer had ‘become the face of this, and that’s incredibly unfortunate.’ Cramer said meekly, ‘I’ll try’ to do better by the public in the future. But the dismantling of Cramer’s reputation had been done.”

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