While appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz on Sunday, legendary talk show host and comedy writer Dick Cavett praised Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's plans to hold a march on Washington, but also offered a little criticism.
Cavett said, "The only thing I might criticize about Jon Stewart's idea is that it's hard for me to remember when he had sanity; in order to restore it, it has to be there."
Cavett was joking, of course, adding, "I think it's a swell idea comedically."
Cavett also defended the controversial appearance of Stephen Colbert before a House sub-committee, which some suggested may have lowered the tone of the hearing. "How do you lower something that's at bottom to begin with?" Cavett said. "It's like saying 'I'm going to lower the tone of Hustler magazine."
No stranger to political controversy himself, Cavett talked about being disliked by President Nixon.
"They [the Nixon Administration] came up with the idea of auditing my entire staff and I didn't find out about it until years later." Despite it all, Cavett did have some kind words for Nixon, "You know, he was a brilliant man, that's the sad thing about him."
CNN: Dick said "we" not "he". He wasn't criticizing Stewart but the nation itself.
Correct it! Review the tapes. That's why I and everybody else who was watching heard (and still heard, I just watched the video again and he said "WE" not "he").
That's a major editing mistake to make, but it happens. The sad thing is that we, as a country, get more honest news coverage from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central than we do on major networks or cable news stations. That being said, they are always witty, critical, and brilliant. I just wish more news outlets were this honest.
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Agreed. I saw the interview and he said "we" not "he". Come on editors of CNN.com, the least you could do is transcribe your own interviews correctly so as not to completely undermine the meaning of what was said by your interviewee.
his quote was not "HE had sanity" it was "WE had sanity"
He was refering to America as a whole through the years and how it hasnt changed
your just a gossip queen
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