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Novak Slams Jon Stewart: ‘Self-Righteous Comedian Taking on Airs of Grandeur’

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During an appearance on C-SPAN, columnist Robert Novak was asked about his television viewing habits. Novak said, “somebody mentioned the Jon Stewart program, I’ve never seen that in my life and I will go to my grave never having seen it.” Asked why, Novak said, “I don’t see any reason for it. It’s a comedian, self-righteous comedian taking on airs of grandeur and I really don’t need that.”

Novak also said “I have a lot of problems with Chris Matthews” and won’t watch his show.

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Any chance Novak’s views about Jon Stewart have something to do with this Daily Show feature?

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Full transcript:

Q: That brings up the question how much television do you watch, what other shows do you watch and do you spend much time in front of that tube?

NOVAK: Well, I have a — yeah, I do spend a lot of time. I’m able to, what’s the fancy term now, multi-task. I’m able to write and talk on the telephone and watch television at the same time, which is pretty good for an old man, isn’t it, Brian? And I have a television set right next to my terminal at work and I have one next to my terminal at home, and I do a lot of C-SPAN watching. I really enjoy, I watch, I watch the Senate, House, particularly the Senate, and I get a lot of story ideas from that. I watch a lot of C-SPAN and I watch the cable networks considerably. But, I don’t — I don’t watch — I have a lot of problems with Chris Matthews, which I won’t go into. This is not the Chris Matthews show, but I just don’t watch that program. And I certainly, somebody mentioned the Jon Stewart program, I’ve never seen that in my life and I will go to my grave never having seen it.

Q: Why?

NOVAK: I don’t — I don’t see any reason for it. It’s a comedian, self-righteous comedian taking on airs of grandeur and I really don’t need that. Politicians are funny enough without a professional comic.

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