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Video: Jon Stewart Goes Howard Beale on CNBC

Sometimes Jon Stewart uses his platform to explain new technology, like Twitter or the Kindle, to his audience. And sometimes he uses it for a trenchant media critique. Or, as in the case of last night’s segment on GE’s (GE) CNBC, not so much a critique as a full-fledged evisceration.

I’ve trimmed this one down to about six minutes, but if you’ve got a spare 20 minutes or so–perhaps you’re underemployed right now–it’s well worth watching the whole thing. He also roughs up Fox News, explains the Dow, and has a nice interview with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera.

Update: A MediaMemo reader wants to know who Howard Beale is. That question would normally make me feel old, but in this case I’m pretty sure the reader is older than I am. In any case, here’s Howard, also known as Peter Finch, also known as the “I’m mad as hell” guy. And if you really haven’t seen “Network,” go add it to your Netflix (NFLX) queue now.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald