July 29, 2014 - Sara Firth

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The U.S. helps arm several countries in the Middle East, the LetsBuyCNN.com Kickstarter campaign is a success, and Sara Firth discusses her decision to leave RT. 

>> Jon: HEY, WELCOME TO "THEDAILY SHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, FORMER RUSSIATODAY REPORTER SARA FIRTH.

BUT FIRST...

[LAUGHTER][CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

JUST CHECKING, I WAS JUSTCHECKING TO SEE IF I HAVE

RASFERMAGEN SYNDROME.A PROFESSOR OF ANATOMY IN THE

AUDIENCE WHO IS JUST POINTING ATPEOPLE AND TELLING THEM,

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THEM.

BUT GETTING TO THE REGULAR SHOW,THE MIDDLE EAST, THIS IS

TERRIBLY UPSETTING.

IT REMAINS IN TURMOIL.

THIS IS A DANGEROUS REGION, EVENFOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIVE THERE

AND, SAY, MERELY EXPRESS THEMILDEST OF CONCERN ABOUT THE

HUMANITARIAN TRAGEDY OFCIVILIANS WHO HAVE NOTHING DO

WITH THE WARRING FACTIONS, ONLYTO TAKE A RASH OF [BLEEPED] FROM

EVERYONE WHO WENT TO YOUR BARMITZVAH.

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS.

LOOK, A $50 SAVINGS BOND DOESNOT BUY YOU A LIFETIME OF

CRITICISM.

[LAUGHTER]BUT HELP IS ON THE WAY TO THIS

TROUBLED REGION.

>> THE WORLD'S A SCARY DANGEROUSPLACE, BUT IT'S A LESS SCARY,

LESS DANGEROUS PLACE WHENAMERICA LEADS.

>> THE UNITED STATES HAS TRIEDTO FOSTER PEACE, DEMOCRACY AND

STABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

>> BRING PEACE TO THE MIDDLEEAST.

>> DOUBLE DOWN ON OUR EFFORTS TOBRING PEACE TO THIS REGION.

>> WE ALL WANT TO SEE PEACE.

>> Jon: IT'S WHAT WE DO.

[LAUGHTER]NOW, ORIGINALLY WE JUST WENT TO

THE REGION TO RID IT OF A MADMAN WITH WMDs, BUT IT TURNED

OUT HE DIDN'T HAVE THOSE, BUT ATTHAT POINT WE REALIZED,

ACTUALLY, WE WERE JUST BRINGINGTHE REGION DEMOCRACY ANYWAY.

BUT THEN THE REGION USED THEIRDEMOCRACY WRONG, TOTALLY USED IT

WRONG, AND VOTED FOR NON-USDAAPPROVED CANDIDATES.

LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING,MIDDLE EAST, WHEN YOU'RE VOTING

FOR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES, YOUGOT TO READ THE LABELS. SO

CLEARLY THE REGION IS STUBBORNLYRESISTING THE UNITED STATES'

CHOICES FOR THEIR DEMOCRACIES.

LOOKS LIKE THE U.S. IS GOING TOHAVE TO GO IN A DIFFERENT

DIRECTION TO BRING ABOUT PEACE.

>> THE UNITED STATES GIVES ABOUT$1.3 BILLION A YEAR IN MILITARY

AID TO EGYPT.

>> EGYPT USES F-16 JET FIGHTERS.

THEY PROVIDE THE ABRAMS TANK.

THEY PROVIDE THE APACHEHELICOPTER.

>> Jon: BUT, YOU KNOW, BECAUSEWE WANT A LASTING PEACE IN THE

REGION, WE DIDN'T STOP THERE.

JORDAN, WHY DON'T YOU TRY SOMEJAVELIN MISSILES THERE.

AND, HEY, HEY, SAUDI ARABIA,TURN THAT FROWN UPSIDE DOWN.

HOW'S $6.8 BILLION WORTH OFPEACE, INCLUDING BUNKER-BUSTING

BOMB, SLAMMER MISSILES, HAVE AHELICOPTER, AND DON'T THINK

WE'RE GONNA FORGET ABOUT YOU,IRAQ.

YOU'RE THE O.G., THE ORIGINALGEOPOLITICAL CATASTROPHE

[BLEEPED].

>> THE PENTAGON, OF COURSE, ASYOU KNOW, CONTINUES TO PROVIDE

IRAQ WITH BILLIONS IN MILITARYAID, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH

OF APACHE HELICOPTERS FROMBOEING, HELL FIRE MISSILES ALSO

MADE BY LOCKHEED.

>> Jon: WE'RE THE UNITEDSTATES.

WE'RE LIKE THE OPRAH OF MIDDLEEAST WEAPONS SYSTEMS.

YOU GET SOME BOMBS.

YOU GET SOME BOMBS.

EVERYBODY GETS SOME BOMBS.

YOU KNOW WHAT, THOUGH, AS I LOOKAT THE MAP...

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]YOU'RE WELCOME.

AS I LOOK AT THE MAP, I REALIZETHERE'S A LOT OF THE REGION THAT

WE HAVEN'T PEACED TO THE HILTYET, YOU KNOW WHAT, LET ME THROW

$4 BILLION OF MISSILES ANDMUNITIONS TO THE U.A.E., AND

OMAN, OH MAN, YOU GOT $2.1BILLION RAYTHEON MISSILE SYSTEM

COMING. KUWAIT NO LONGER.

YOU SEEM LIKE A $4.2 BILLION INPATRIOT MISSILES TYPE OF

COUNTRY, AND I DON'T WANT TO SAYIT, BUT I GUESS IT'S TIME TO

MAKE IT BAHRAIN.

MISSILES.

AND BLACKHAWK HELICOPTERS.

[LAUGHTER]GO SHOOT DOWN SOMETHING NICE.

NO, NO, NO, GO SHOOT DOWNSOMETHING NICE, BUT DO NOT USE

THOSE HELICOPTERS, BAHRAIN, TOCRACK DOWN ON POLITICAL

DISSIDENTS IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY.

DON'T USE THEM FOR THAT.

AGAIN, DON'T DO IT AGAIN.

AND DON'T THINK I'M FORGETTINGABOUT YOU, QATAR. I DON'T

NORMALLY, I DON'T NORMALLY TRUSTA COUNTRY THAT STARTS WITH A "Q"

AND DOESN'T FOLLOW IT UP WITHA "U," BUT YOU KNOW WHAT,

HERE'S A LITTLE TASTE.

>> QATAR REPORTEDLY JUST SPENT$11 BILLION TO BUY AMERICAN

PATRIOT MISSILE BATTERIES ANDAPACHE ATTACK HELICOPTERS.

>> Jon: DID I SAY TASTE?

I MEANT A MOUTHFUL. NOW YOU MAYBE THINKING TO YOURSELF,

GEEZ, ALL THIS BUILDUP OF PEACEON EARTH

MIGHT SET OFF ALARMS ON VENUS.

IT'S OKAY.

WE'LL SEND THEM MISSILE, TOO.

[BLEEPED] IT.

I DON'T CARE.

JUST NOT TO MARS, BECAUSE AS WEKNOW, THEY DON'T NEED MISSILES.

THEY NEED MOMS.

[APPLAUSE]I'M SORRY.

IT JUST REALLY UPSETS ME. I JUSTFEEL SO BADLY FOR MARS.

SO NOW THAT THE UNITED STATESHAS MADE THEMSELVES THE JOHNNY

MISSILE SEEDS OF THE REGION, WECAN FOCUS IN ON THE MAIN

CONFLICT BETWEEN ISRAEL ANDHAMAS.

>> MILITARY ASSISTANCETO ISRAEL HAS BEEN VERY

STRONG, $3 BILLION A YEAR.

>> Jon: NOT MENTION ALL THETREES WE'VE PLANTED THERE OVER

THE YEARS.

THAT'S GOT TO PROVIDE SOMECOVER.

AND EVEN WHEN WE'RE NOT SELLINGISRAEL WEAPONS, WE'RE HELPING

THEM WITH A LITTLE R&D.

>> WHILE THE IRON DOME ISLARGELY ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY, MUCH

OF THE FUNDING COMES FROM THEUNITED STATES.

ISRAEL ASKED FOR $225 MILLION INEMERGENCY FUNDING.

>> Jon: THE IRON DOME ISWHAT'S PROTECTED THEM FROM THOSE

ROCKETS AND IS SO POPULAR WITHOUR LEGISLATORS.

WE CAN JAM ITS FUNDING INTOALMOST ANYTHING.

>> SENATE DEMOCRATS TIED THEFUNDING TO A PROBLEM MORE THAN

7,000 MILES AWAY.

THE HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL SENATEBORDER BILL.

>> Jon: EVERYONE KNOWS YOUMASH UP THE THING PEOPLE WANT

WITH THE THING PEOPLE DON'TLIKE.

BUT REALLY NEED.

IT'S LIKE WHEN BO WON'T TAKE HISANTIBIOTICS AND THE PRESIDENT

WRAPS IT IN A LITTLE SLICE OFAMERICAN CHEESE AND FEEDS IT TO

HIM. LOOKS LIKE THERE AIN'TNOTHING THAT COULD POSSIBLY GO

WRONG WITH OUR PLAN TO SENDBILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF

DOLLARS IN WEAPONS TO ANINCREDIBLY VOLATILE REGION OF

THE WORLD IN ORDER TO BRING ITPEACE.

>> ISIS MILITANTS WHO HAVEPICKED UP AMERICAN-MADE WEAPONS

ON THEIR WAY FROM SYRIA.

>> NEARLY HALF A MILLION WEAPONSSUPPLIED BY THE U.S. TO AFGHAN

SECURITY FORCES MAY END UP INTHE HANDS OF TALIBAN INSURGENTS.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: WELL, IT'S A GOOD

THING WE FLOODED OUR ALLIES WITHSOPHISTICATED WEAPONS BECAUSE

THEY'RE GOING TO NEED THEM TOFEND OFF ALL OUR OTHER

SOPHISTICATED WEAPONS. BUT MYPOINT IS BY FLOODING THE AREA

WITH WEAPONRY, WE CAN KEEPTHINGS PEACEFUL AND HAMAS

ISOLATED.

>> THE BULK OF THE FINANCINGTHAT GOES TO HAMAS COMES FROM

QATAR.

>> THEY GIVE $400 MILLION TOHAMAS.

>> Jon: WHAT? WHAT?

WHAT THE [BLEEPED]?

QATAR?

WE JUST SOLD YOU $11 BILLION INARMS.

YOU BETTER NOT BE REGIFTING.

ARE YOU REGIFTING?

[LAUGHTER]IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE DOING?

MAN!

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]YOU KNOW SOMETHING, SPREADING

DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST ISSO HARD, MAYBE WE SHOULDN'T HAVE

DONE IT SECOND AMENDMENT FIRST.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME BACK. SO, UH,

LAST WEEK ON THE SHOW, WE WEREDISCUSSING RUPERT MURDOCH'S

INCREASINGLY WORRISOMEADDICTION, ADDICTION, TO

PURCHASING MORE MEDIA COMPANIES.

MOST RECENTLY HIS BID TO BUYTIME WARNER, IT'S SAD TO WATCH

WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE.

AT THIS RATE HE NEEDS MEDIA SOBAD IT WON'T BE LONG UNTIL WE

FIND HIM IN AN ALLEY SUCKING[BLEEPED] FOR CRACKED.

THE WEBSITE, THE WEBSITE,HE WANTS TO ADD IT TO HIS MEDIA

EMPIRE.

[LAUGHTER]SO HE'S [BLEEPED] IN AN ALLEY

FOR SOME REASON. I DON'T...

HE'S ACTUALLY RICH ENOUGH, HECOULD PROBABLY BUY THAT, BUT WE

ALSO MENTIONED HOW SINCE MURDOCHALREADY CONTROLS THE FOX NEWS

CHANNEL, WHICH IS SO GOOD, IF HEDID BUY TIME WARNER, HE WOULD

HAVE TO PUT CNN ON THE AUCTIONBLOCK, LEADING US TO ASK FOR

YOUR HELP WITH OUR $10 BILLIONKICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN TO BUY CNN.

SO THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS: BOYTHERE WAS SOME REAL ENTHUSIASM

FOR THIS IDEA.

WE HAVE RAISED, AND THIS IS JUSTRECENTLY AS OF TONIGHT, $4.3

TRILLION.

I ASSUME ALL OF IT LEGITIMATE.

APPARENTLY EVERY ADULT PERSON INAMERICA WANTS TO MAKE THIS

HAPPEN.

SO WE WANT IT TO HAPPEN, ASWELL, BUT LAST WEEK ONE OF OUR

FUTURE EMPLOYEES EXPRESSED SOMEDOUBT.

>> YOU PROGRAM HALF AN HOUR --.

>> Jon: 22 MINUTES.

>> 22 MINUTES.

>> Jon: 22 MINUTES.

BUT I DO IT FOUR DAYS A WEEK.

>> I'LL GIVE, I'LL GIVE YOU,I'LL GIVE YOU THE OTHER

EIGHT MINUTES.>> Jon: OH IT'S KILLING ME.

>> SO THAT'S TWO HOURS OFPROGRAMMING A WEEK, RIGHT?

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> CNN HAS 24 HOURS TIME 7...>> Jon: SURE.

>> 168 HOURS. >> Jon: 168 HOURS.

THAT'S LONGER THAN JAMESFRANCO'S ARM WAS TRAPPED UNDER A

BOLDER.

AND HE ONLY HAD TO DEAL WITHTHAT ONCE.

I'LL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THISEVERY WEEK AND I'VE ONLY GOT

TWO ARMS.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, WE'RECONFIDENT WE CAN DO BETTER THAN

WHOEVER IS CURRENTLYRUNNING THAT NETWORK, WHICH

I ASSUME IS JUST A ROOMFULOF ANGRY CHIMPS.

[LAUGHTER]LOOK, WE... THEY REALLY DON'T

EVEN LOOK THAT ANGRY IN THATPICTURE.

THEY LOOK LIKE JUST SOME BEMUSEDCHIMPS. TRYING TO ORDER PIZZA

OR SOMETHING. I DON'T KNOW, LOOKAT THEM.

LOOK, I KNOW WE'VE GIVEN CNN AHARD TIME IN THE PAST.

WE MAY HAVE LIGHTLY RIBBED THEIRENTHUSIASM FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY,

THEIR MAGIC GIANT TOUCH SCREENSAND TALL, GRANDE AND OF COURSE

VENTI, A NEWSROOM FLOOR YOU CANPLAY TETRIS ON HOLOGRAM, A GIANT

[BLEEPED] FOR NO REASON.

FLYING PIE CHARTS, VIRTUAL IOWACAUCUS DILDO PEOPLE.

DEEP-SEA AIRPLANE SEARCH PODSIMULATORS.

AND, OF COURSE, THIS.

>> YOU'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHINGLIKE THIS ON TELEVISION.

>> HI, WOLF.

>> ALL RIGHT.

BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

WE DID IT.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: WE DID IT.

WE MADE A REPORTER SHORTER ANDBLURRIER.

YOU KNOW, BUT MY POINT IS THIS:WE'VE TRIED TO BE HELPFUL, TOO.

WE HAVE THE CREDENTIALS TO RUNTHIS NETWORK.

OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE GIVEN CNNDOZENS OF NEW SHOW IDEAS.

>> WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK IN AMINUTE WITH MORE FROM THE

INCREDIBLY AWKWARD SOCIALSITUATION ROOM.

>> IT'S THAT NEW SHOW, YO CNNSNAPS.

>> BY THE WAY, CNN'S CLOCK HASJUST BEEN GIVE A NEW SHOW

"TIME OF DAY."

>> RICK SANCHEZ, HOW TO SURVIVEGETTING HID IN THE HEAD WITH

HAMMER.>> CLOCK FIRE.

>> THE SEARCH FOR THE FAKETWITTER FEED OF THE REAL GUY

FAKE-SEARCHING FOR THE REALPLANE.

>> GIN AND PRUNE JUICE.>> DON LEMON'S ZESTY NEWS BOWL.

>> BRITTLE AND TOKE.

>> WOLF BLITZER PRESENTS WOLFBLITZER'S OBAMA DOCTRINE.

>> LEMON HARANGUE.

>> IN THE NEW DUH ROOM.

>> HOW ABOUT A SEGMENT CALLED,HOLY [BLEEPED], THEY'RE TRYING

KILL THE LADY IN THE WHEELCHAIR.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: NO, NO, NO, NO.

DON'T.

REALLY.

CAN I SAY SOMETHING?

WHEN YOU GO BACK IN THEARCHIVES, IT REALLY IS OVERKILL.

[LAUGHTER]LIKE WE REALLY... WHEN YOU WATCH

IT BACK TO BACK TO BACK, YOUREALLY SAY TO YOURSELF, BOY, WE

ARE DICKS. WE ARE.

WE'VE EVEN STUFFED THE CNNSUGGESTION BOX WITH OUR

CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM.

I CAN'T COUNT THE NUMBER OFBRILLIANT REBRANDING IDEAS WE'VE

THROWN THEIR WAY.

I GUESS THAT EXPLAINS THEIR NEWSLOGAN: CNN, WE HAVE NO IDEA

WHAT THE [BLEEPED] WE'RE DOING.

IT'S THE SOPHIE'S CHOICE OFNEWS.

CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME INOVER-CAFFEINATED CONTROL

FREAKS.

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE OF NEWS.

WHICH EXPLAINS CNN'S NEW SLOGAN.

>> CNN, WE'RE ALL LIKE, I KNOW.

>> Jon: WE'RE LIKE A GHOSTNETWORK. DOOMED TO ROAM

THE AIRWAVES WITH NO IDEA WHATWE'RE DOING FOR ALL ETERNITY.

THEY'RE NOT EVEN NEWS ANCHORSANYMORE.

YOU'RE JUST NEWS V.J.s.

BASICALLY CNN HAS BECOME THISGUY.

[LAUGHTER]I LOVE BRUNCH. WHO DOESN'T LOVE

BRUNCH?

THAT'S NEWS.

IT'S GREAT BRANDING, WAY BETTERTHAN CNN'S, IF YOU'RE WATCHING

THIS YOUR FLIGHT HAS BEENCANCELED.

PLEASE GOD, SOMEONE HELP ME FINDTHE REMOTE.

THE TV IS STUCK ON CNN AND ICAN'T CHANGE THE CHANNEL.

C'MON MAN, SERIOUSLY, YOU CANTELL ME.

IT'S CNN.

NO ONE'S WATCHING.

>> THIS IS CNN.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]SO HERE'S MY POINT, MOVE ON.

HOW LONG HAVE WE BEEN STUDYINGCNN?

HERE'S HOW LONG:>> I WENT TO THE PARTY.

THEY SAID LIQUOR IN THE FRONT,BLITZER IN THE REAR.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]LOOK WHAT WATCHING CNN FOR 15

YEARS DOES TO A PERSON.

[LAUGHTER]THERE SHOULD BE A WARNING LABEL

ON THAT NETWORK.

MY POINT IS THIS: WE FEELQUALIFIED TO TAKE THIS ON.

BUT WE'RE DOING IT WITH YOURMONEY.

AND WHEN OUR PLAN SUCCEEDS, YOUWILL BE THE TRUE OWNERS OF CNN.

AND SO WE'D LIKE YOUR IDEAS, ASWELL.

GO TO LET'S BUY CNN.COM.

GIVE US YOUR NEW CNN SLOGANS.YOUR NEW IDEAS. GIVE THEM A FULL

GRAPHIC TREATMENT. PHOTOSHOPTHE AMAZING TECHNOLOGY

YOU'D LIKE TO SEE THE NEW CNNUSELESSLY INCORPORATE.

LET'S BUY CNN DOT COM, YOU'VEALREADY DONE THE EASY PART BY

PLEDGING US YOUR MONEY.

NOW DO THE HARD PART, PROGRAMTHIS [BLEEPED] THING.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT SPENT FIVEYEARS AS CORRESPONDENT FOR RT,

RUSSIA TODAY.

PLEASE WELCOME SARA FIRTH.

HELLO.

NICE TO SEE YOU.

[APPLAUSE]THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

SO, SO YOU WORKED, YOU JUSTRECENTLY LEFT THIS... IT'S

CALLED R.T., RUSSIA TODAY.

>> YES.

>> Jon: YOU'D BEEN THERE FIVEYEARS.

>> I HAD, YES.

>> Jon: WHY, WHY DID YOU JUSTLEAVE?

>> IT HAD BEEN A REALLY LONGTIME COMING.

BUT WE'D BEEN COVERING SOMEBIG STORIES, WHAT I THOUGHT WAS

A COMPLETELY WRONG WAY, AND I'DSEEN IT HAPPENING FROM THE

INSIDE, AND I COULD SEE ITHAPPENING AGAIN WITH THE MH17

COVERAGE, SO I CALLED TIME ONIT.

>> Jon: AND YOU LEFT.>> YEAH.

>> Jon: YOUR FEELING OF THEWRONG WAY, YOU FELT THAT THE

KREMLIN WAS INTERFERING TO THEEXTENT THAT YOU NO LONGER

FELT THAT YOU HADTHE INDEPENDENCE?

>> YES.

I THINK WHAT R.T. DOES IS ITVERY MUCH MIRRORS THE KREMLIN

LINE, SO, YOU KNOW, WHATEVERTHEY'RE PUTTING OUT, WE'RE

KIND OF THE SHIELDS FOR THOSELIES BASICALLY.

>> Jon: HOW INVOLVED IS THEKREMLIN?

LIKE EVERY NOW AND AGAIN A PHONECALL?

ARE THERE SERIOUS DIRECT E-MAILSDIRECTLY FROM THE KREMLIN?

OR NO?

>> WE, I CERTAINLY NEVER SAW THEMESSAGES COMING FROM THE

KREMLIN.>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> YOU GET THERE'S THIS SORTOF... WE JOKINGLY NICKNAMED IT

THE MINISTRY OF FEAR, BUT IT'STHE KIND OF EDITORIAL BODY AT

THE HEART OF THE CHANNEL, ANDTHEY'RE THE ONES WHO KIND OF

GIVE THE DIRECTIVES.

AND THOSE ARE VERY MUCH IN LINEWITH WHAT THE KREMLIN LINE IS

AT THE TIME, SO YOU CAN PRETTYMUCH TRACK WHAT R.T. IS SAYING

TO WHAT THE RUSSIANGOVERNMENT IS SAYING, AND,

YOU KNOW, THAT THEY STICK VERYSTRONGLY TO THAT LINE, AS WELL.

>> Jon: SO IN SYRIA, THEIR LINEWOULD BE, WE HAVE TO SUPPORT

ASSAD.

THESE REBELS ARE BAD PEOPLE.

YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO HELP THEMIN ANY WAY.

IN MH17, IT WOULD BE, NO THISWAS UKRAINE.

THERE'S BEEN NO EVIDENCE OFRUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT.

>> YEAH, IT'S ABSOLUTELY. YOUKNOW, AS I SAID AT THE TIME

I RESIGNED THAT THE SORT OFDEFAULT

SETTING ON STORIES LIKE THAT ISIT IS NOT RUSSIA'S FAULT, SO...

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> EVEN WHEN IT CLEARLY IS.

>> Jon: IT'S DIFFICULT BECAUSEIN THIS COUNTRY, TRUTH IS ALL

THAT MATTERS TO OUR NEWSNETWORKS.

[LAUGHTER]AND SO TO SEE YOU STRUGGLE WITH

THAT, IT REALLY SHOWS ME JUSTHOW DIFFERENT RUSSIA IS.

IS THAT, IS IT SOMETHING THATBECAUSE YOU STARTED, YOU KNOW,

THERE WAS A CERTAIN IDEALISM,WERE YOU SURPRISED BY IT?

BECAUSE IN THIS COUNTRY, THEUNITED STATES, THE WHITE HOUSE

PRESSURES NEWS ORGANIZATIONSCONSISTENTLY.

THERE ARE METHODS OFINTIMIDATION, MAYBE SUBTLE, THAT

THEY USE.

THERE ARE NEWS NETWORKS THATWE HAVE THAT JUST PROMOTE THEIR

OWN AGENDA, AND IF TRUTH HAPPENSTO BE PART OF IT, GEE, WHAT A,

WHAT A NICE BONUS.

>> I KNOW, BUT JON, I THINK...I STILL REALLY BELIEVE, AND I

THINK MAYBE THAT IS IDEALISTIC,TOO, BUT I THINK THAT'S WRONG.

AND YOU KNOW, OF COURSE I'M, YOUKNOW, YOU'VE GOT TO GET

INTO THESE THINGS WITHYOUR EYES OPEN.

IT'S NOT THAT STRAIGHTFORWARDAND THERE ARE...YOU KNOW, IT'S

NOT BLACK AND WHITE.

THERE ARE A MILLION SHADES OFGRAY WHEN IT COMES TO REALLY

COMPLEX SITUATIONS HAPPENING INTHE WORLD, BUT THERE IS STILL A

BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEENA TRUTH AND A LIE.

AND I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULDEVER, EVER WORK TO AN AGENDA

THAT'S COUNTER COMPLETELYTO THE TRUTH.

SO PERSPECTIVE IS GREAT.>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> AND THE MORE PEOPLE YOU CANHAVE OUT THERE ON THE MEDIA

LANDSCAPE GIVING THEIROPINIONS AND TELLING

DIFFERENT POINTS OF THE STORYAND GETTING INTO

UNDER-REPORTED STORIES, ANDTHAT'S WONDERFUL, BUT, YOU KNOW,

THE TRUTH IS STILL THE TRUTH,AND I THINK YOU

NEED TO REMEMBER THAT BECAUSE,YOU KNOW, WE'RE ALL ON THE SAME

TEAM HERE.

WE'RE ALL TRYING TO GET THEFACTS OF THE SITUATION, AND I

JUST THINK SORT OF POINTINGFINGERS IN ALL DIFFERENT

DIRECTIONS AND MISLEADING.

IT CONFUSES US ALL.

AND, YOU KNOW, THE TRUTH ISHARD.

IT'S NOT AN EASY THING TO FACEUP TO A LOT OF THE TIME.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

SO YOU'RE GOING TO I GUESS LEAVETHE NEWS BUSINESS THEN.

[LAUGHTER]>> WELL...

>> Jon: IS THERE A PLACE THATYOU ADMIRE?

IS THERE PLACE THAT YOU FEELLIKE IS DOING IT RIGHT?

OR DO YOU FEEL LIKE THISMENTALITY OF PROPAGANDA HAS

DISSIPATED, HAS GONE INTO ALLFACTIONS OF NEWS?

IS IT, IS IT AN EYE-OPENINGEXPERIENCE THAT MAKES YOU

CYNICAL? ARE YOU HOPEFUL?

WHAT'S YOUR...

>> IT WOULD BE SO EASY TO BECYNICAL.

>>Jon: YES.

>> BUT, BUT I'M, YOU KNOW, I'MA HUGE FAN OF NEW FORMS OF USING

THE MEDIA. I LOVE BEING ONLINEON YOUTUBE AND I OFTEN DO

MY VIDEO REPORTS ONTHERE AND TWITTER.

SO, YOU KNOW WHAT, NO, I THINKTHERE ARE A MILLION MORE WAYS

THESE DAYS THAT WE CAN LOSECONTEXT WITH A STORY AND WE'RE

ALL CHASING SEXY SOUND BITES ANDWE'RE ALL LOOKING FOR THAT BIG

SCOOP AND TO GAIN ATTENTION,AND, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SO

MANY MORE WAYS TO DO THAT,BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THERE'S

ALL THESE WAYS THAT WE CANALL BE INVOLVED AND GET THE

TRUTH OUT THERE, AS WELL.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> SO I DEFINITELY FEELOPTIMISTIC BECAUSE I THINK

PEOPLE ARE BECOMING REALLYDISCERNING.

AND THAT'S WHAT I FOUND VERYREASSURING ABOUT R.T.

IS THAT A LOT OF THE TIME WEWERE VERY OPENLY BEING CALLED

ON WHAT WE WERE DOING WRONG.

AND THAT CERTAINLY GAVE ME THEENCOURAGEMENT AND...

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> AND, YOU KNOW, THE ABILITY TOLOOK AT THAT AND SAY THAT, YEAH,

IT WAS WRONG. SO I THINK...

>> Jon: WELL LISTEN, I'M VERYIMPRESSED WITH THE SPIRIT OF

WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

AND IT JUST SO HAPPENS I'M SOONGOING TO BE ACQUIRING A NEWS

NETWORK.

[LAUGHTER][CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

I JUST RECENTLY SET OUT THEMONEY FOR IT, AND I WILL BE

LOOKING FOR SOME PEOPLE.

I LIKE THE CUT OF YOUR JIB.

I LIKE THE OPTIMISM THAT YOUEXPRESS.

I'D HATE TO RUIN YOU BY PUTTINGYOU AT CNN, BUT STILL...

[LAUGHTER]WHAT DO YOU THINK?

ARE YOU IN?

>> I'LL PUT $5 TOWARDS THATPROJECT.

>> Jon: YOU'RE ALL RIGHT.

SARA FIRTH.

GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE ANDCONTINUE THE GOOD REPORTING.

IF YOU GET A CHANCE, SHE'S FILEDSOME TREMENDOUS REPORTS FROM

SYRIA AND AROUND THE WORLD.

AND I WISH YOU THE BEST.

I HOPE THAT IT WORKS OUT.

SARA FIRTH, EVERYBODY.

[APPLAUSE]>> Jon: THAT'S OUR SHOW.

HERE IT IS, YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN.

>> WIKIPEDIA SAYS DISRUPTIVEEDITING IS GOING TOO FAR.

THIS MONTH SOMEONE REVISED THEBIOGRAPHY OF

FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARYDONALD RUMSFELD.

IT SAYS HE WAS AN ALIEN LIZARDWHO EATS MEXICAN BABIES.

>> I DON'T THINK THAT'S TRUE.

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