I didn’t watch CNN that much when I had cable, and I have trouble with the very concept of a news program with a live audience, so I would still have missed Crossfire last Friday.

Fortunately, CNN has a transcript, and you can watch the video at iFilm, so I got a chance to see Jon Stewart tear Carlson and Begala a new one over journalistic integrity.

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.

I can’t decide to add or deduct points for Stewart not having heard–or claiming not to have heard–about the alleged bulge in President Bush’s jacket (a story every bit as earthshaking as seeing Senator Kerry pull something out of his jacket, which is to say, get a life, people).

CARLSON: Tell us, what do you think about the Bill O’Reilly vibrator story?

STEWART: I’m sorry. I don’t.


STEWART: What do you think?

BEGALA: Let me change the subject.

STEWART: Where’s your moral outrage on this?

CARLSON: I don’t have any.

STEWART: I know.

Heh. (See also Tom the Dog.)