In case you didn't see the moment, it happened on Thursday. Jim Cramer, host of Mad Money, watched his own show and persona "jump the shark" on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Here's the link to the moment: http://blog.indecisionforever.com/2009/03/13/jon-stewart-and-jim-cramer-the-extended-daily-show-interview/
In case you don't know what it means, "jumping the shark" is a pop culture term that signifies the moment a show began its downfall into oblivion. The term came from an episode of Happy Days where Fonzie literally jumped a shark. Other examples of shark jumping, Cousin Oliver on the Brady Bunch, Larry David's departure as a writer on Seinfeld, etc.
So, Mad Money's moment came when Cramer agreed to be a guest the Daily Show. I don't know what Cramer was thinking, but there were no "boo-yahs" from Stewart. Stewart looked more like a profane David Gregory carefully incising Cramer's over-the-top TV persona with careful research and video clips. Cramer clearly had not done any You Tubing of Stewart's similar shark-jumping moment-inducing appearance on CNN's now canceled Crossfire show where he repelled the very intelligent Tucker Carlson. Carlson tried to point out that he had hurled softballs at then Democratic-Presidential nominee John Kerry. Stewart calmly pointed out that he was on a comedy program which featured the lead-in of puppets making prank calls.
Stewart took particular issue with Cramer's resumé. How could a guy as well-connected as Cramer totally miss the boat along with a major financial network on the entire collapse of the economy? When Cramer tried to twist out of it by playing what Stewart termed "doe-eyed innocence," Stewart went to the video and whipped out a 2006 appearance on some program where Cramer and the host of the show talked many of the same underhanded things that led to our economic state.
By the end of the interview, Cramer could do nothing but agree with Stewart that CNBC and himself should have seen the mistakes that were made.
If anyone watched that interview Thursday night, I think they would "SELL SELL SELL" Jim Cramer and CNBC.