McGraw Hill Summit: Philippe Dauman Defends Jon Stewart
Comes in response to NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker's comments from earlier in the day
By Claire Atkinson -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/18/2009 4:19:24 PM
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman jumped into the Jon Stewart/Jim Cramer fray Wednesday, defending the Daily Show host.
"Jon Stewart is a great person and he's very smart and has a connection with the zeitgeist which makes him successful," Dauman said. "It got so much attention because Jon Stewart was one of the few people on air that spoke to what people are thinking out there."
"He did a great job and we're proud to have to have him as part of our family," he added.
Earlier today, NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker said that the exchange between Stewart and Cramer had been 'unfair.'
Cramer and CNBC were criticized on Stewart's show for ignoring the coming crisis on wall street.
Jon Stewart is the best. Thanks to him for his revelation of the facts. CNBC is a joke. I have never watched that show because it is not credible, or relavant to what's real and important to the American people. They have 40 hosts on the dias at the same time who yell and scream. It is shameless to waste precious TV time that could and should be used more effectively for consumers.
Joan Lewis - 3/18/2009 6:12:28 PM EDT
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