Stewart Owned Cramer

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 11:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – Who won last night’s cable grudge match between Jon Stewart and CNBC’s Jim Cramer? Let’s go to the scorecards:

  • Stewart was the clear winner, clobbering his guest with “homespun, regular-guy relentlessness,” Maureen Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune. “Cramer didn’t know what hit him.”
  • The weird part was that Cramer barely defended himself from “Crossfire Jon,” Howard Kurtz says in the Washington Post. “Cramer was playing rope-a-dope while Stewart swung away. It was a mismatch.”

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  • The so-called epic showdown “felt like a Senate subcommittee hearing,” says Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times. Stewart treated Cramer like a subpoenaed CEO, acting out “a cathartic ritual of indignation and castigation.”
  • James Poniewozik, in Time, eschews the who-won debate. "Dance in the streets with Cramer's trophy head held aloft if you like,” he says—but this wasn’t some grudge match, it was a fascinating discussion about how American journalism works. “This song is about us.”
(Read more Jon Stewart stories.)

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