When CNN canceled the show in 2005, its then president, Jonathan Klein, told The New York Times that Stewart's criticism was a factor. CNN wanted to move away from "head-butting debate shows."
These days, the problem with cable debate isn't the head-butting so much as the feel that this is showbiz head-butting.
Gingrich accuses CNN of running a gutter debate. CNN hires Gingrich. Does that mean Gingrich was right?
The problem with political discourse these days isn't that it's too adversarial; it's that it isn't adversarial at all. It's just show business.