Comic Gets Cross, Fires

Usually when the competition's biggest star is accused of abusive sex talk involving a fibrous sponge (see story, this page), you've had a good week. That was before CNN's Crossfire invited on JON STEWART, below left, of Comedy Central's The Daily Show. Hosts Paul Begala and TUCKER CARLSON, below right, expected some light yuks but got a pointed lecture when the fake news anchor likened their political shout-a-thon to "pro wrestling." There followed one of the most uncomfortable talk-TV showdowns since Harvey Pekar did David Letterman. The audience laughed and applauded as Stewart called the stunned hosts "partisan hacks" who were...

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