Jon Stewart gets serious for a moment about the recession
Jon Stewart is a god. There, we said it. You can criticise the hypocrisy by which The Daily Show pulls apart the American news networks, applying the same reporting techniques and stirring in spoonfuls of spin to highlight their incompetence, but ultimately the show never sells itself as anything other than entertainment.
That doesn't mean it can't get serious, though. For the past week, Stewart has taken umbrage with a financial presenter called Jim Cramer - you probably recognise him as the anchor of Mad Money; his wild on-set personae has earned him cameos in TV shows and movies.
Last night Cramer appeared as a guest on The Daily Show; Stewart put it to Cramer that he and others in the financial sector were well aware the current recession was of their own making, but instead they continued to satisfy their own interests and report to the contrary. Once a tape is played of Cramer explaining how Apple's stock can easily be derailed, you see an altogether angrier side of Stewart, as he connects the dots and rips into him. Maybe he's an Apple fanboy, or maybe he's the last honest man in television - it makes for compelling viewing either way.
Spin forward to about 5'50" if you don't want to watch Jim Cramer squirm from the start: