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Jon Stewart Rips CNN's 'Early Start' Wake 'Em Up Calls (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/11/12 10:25 AM ET Updated: 01/11/12 02:23 PM ET

Jon Stewart

Next to Fox News, Jon Stewart undoubtedly gets the most material out of CNN, what with their zany holograms and Wolf Blitzers. But on Tuesday night's "Daily Show," Stewart found a new reason to mock the cable news network that he previously missed -- probably because it occurs at 5:00 in the morning.

We're talking, of course, about CNN's "Early Start" with Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin. It's pretty much your typical morning news talk show, except for this one curious segment called "Wake 'Em Up" where the hosts cold-call people in their Rolodexes and interview them by surprise.

The interview that caught Stewart's eye? It was a call to Kerry Kennedy before 6:00 a.m. one morning, where Banfield inexplicably asked her if she had any "haunting memories" of her father's campaigns. Stewart immediately felt bad for the Kennedy, who probably isn't used to getting good news from CNN on the phone before sunrise.

"You don't cold-call a Kennedy at 5:00 in the morning," Stewart insisted. "Do you know how many unexpected tragedies this family has suffered?"

After busting out his best "Morning Zoo" DJ impression to mock the call, Stewart pointed out another gaffe in the "Wake 'Em Up" segment that happened just this week. This time, Banfield attempted to call comedian Chuck Nice but dialed the wrong number by accident and told a poor stranger that she was "The FBI."

"CNN, why don't you just stick to what you do best?" Stewart suggested. "And as soon as we figure that out, we'll let you know what it is!"

Watch the full segment above.

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