Journalists (Slate), reporting on other journalists (LA Times, NYT), reporting on comedians (Jon Stewart), praising their journalism.

Jim Cramer got roasted this week by Daily Show host Jon Stewart for failing to warn the public about the impending financial crisis; the Post writes enviously of Stewart’s ability to puncture “the balloons of the powerful with a caustic candor that reporters cannot muster.” The NYT compares the episode—apparently favorably—to a Senate hearing: “Mr. Stewart treated his guest like a C.E.O. subpoenaed to testify before Congress: his point was not to hear Mr. Cramer out, but to act out a cathartic ritual of indignation and castigation.”

I can’t decide if it’s surreal, postmodern, or just plain tragic.