Now I do. The undressing he took from Jon Stewart was almost beyond belief. The essence of Stewart's criticism was that Cramer and his ilk--financial journalists--have not been journalists at all through all this storm and tempest, but hacks, shills for the Wall Street Madoffs who, oozing greed, have sent all of us, even the world, into a madcap spiral.
It was an amazing half hour. The only televised event so dramatic in the last year was the on-air rescue of stranded folks from a flooded street in the D. C. area, people who were almost washed away. I didn't know if I was actually going to witness a drowning, on national TV.
On last night's Daily Show, I didn't honestly know whether Jim Cramer was going to break out in tears before or after Stewart skinned him alive. It was that devastating.
I wish Jon Stewart wouldn't cuss as much as he does, and, often enough, his humor is just a notch above sophomoric--are there sophomores in junior high? The show can be tasteless as it tries its level-best to shock us all, night after night.
But last night--and often--John Stewart is capable of the most stimulating interviews and discussions on television and the most trenchant criticism. Last night, he tarred and feathered Jim Cramer, turned the mad man into a abject penitent. Seriously. And Stewart was right--and right to do it.
Quite amazing, really.