It was not the first time that a Stewart clip calling for an institution to do a better job became viral. In fact, it was fifteen years ago when he confronted CNN and the broader media in an appearance on the debut show "Crossfire," which effectively noted that comedians need not be shy away from more serious reviews and political ones, despite their primary entertainment mandate Positions that drove their monologues into political conversation.
The presenters of "Crossfire," Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson, were obviously surprised by the message Stewart was supposed to deliver. After a few opening joys, he called the show "bad," compared it to pro-wrestling and called on the hosts to "stop hurting America."
"What you do is not honest," Stewart said, accusing them of engaging in "partisan hacking" that reduced politics to the theater.
When Carlson essentially asked Stewart not to lecture her anymore and to be "funny". The comic replied that he would not be "your monkey".
Stewart finished the film by citing Carlson, who is perhaps the most memorable and least significant part of the exchange. The bigger issue ̵
Stewart, David Letterman, and Jay Leno had all shown their works After the September 11 attacks, Letterman became a clearer political voice – a departure from Johnny Carson's famous indifference, where no one should know where he was personally because of his monologues was standing.