What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Carlson Canned

Today is one of those good news-bad news kind of day. First the good news: CNN gave Tucker Carlson the boot and sent his bow-tie wearing ass to MSNBC (maybe). The bad news: Crossfire is likely to be cancelled.

Now, I've enjoyed Crossfire over the years, through its various format changes or changes to its schedule.

The current (although, apparently, soon to be defunct) format of Crossfire, with Paul Begala and James Carville on the left, and Tucker Carlson and Robert Novak on the right, premiered on April 1, 2002. At first the show was an hour long, but eventually was shortened to half an hour (note to Fox News: Hannity and Colmes could be shortened to 30 minutes. Just an idea).

In case you've missed it, Crossfire was a Left vs. Right debate style show, with lots of arguing pundits and, on one occasion, the use of the word "dick" to describe Tucker Carlson. Carlson was called a dick by Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show.

Actually, Stewart's October 15, 2004 appearance on Crossfire may have signaled the end for the show. Instead of joking around with Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson that day (America the Book by Stewart and the writers of the Daily Show had just been released), Stewart blasted the Crossfire hosts as "partisan hacks." Which I think was something of a shock to Begala and Carlson, since they were expecting Stewart to be funny. That day's show was quite surreal, with Carlson attacking Jon Stewart for not asking John Kerry tougher questions:

CARLSON: You had John Kerry on your show and you sniff his throne and you're accusing us of partisan hackery?
STEWART: Absolutely.
CARLSON: You've got to be kidding me. He comes on and you...
STEWART: You're on CNN. The show that leads into me is puppets making crank phone calls.

Now, I should say, I didn't agree with everything Stewart said, as I've always found Crossfire to be entertaining. I am a fan of the format of people yelling at each other. At least, when it's a liberal yelling at a conservative. But that's just me.

I do agree with Jon Stewart on one point: Tucker Carlson is a dick, no matter what show he's one.

Or, you could say "pompous ass" or maybe even "arrogant fuck" to describe Carlson.

So, good riddance to Tucker. If he does end up on MSNBC, I'll take bets that his show will be cancelled within six months.

And Jon Stewart will still be hosting the smartest, funniest "fake news" program on cable television.


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