Via Greg Hengler, didn’t Cronkite used to end his nightly show this way? “And that’s the way it is. And a personal note to the boys at Lincoln Elementary: Quit pulling Joey’s underwear over his head.” Don’t get me wrong, it’s a sweet sentiment and doubtless appreciated by anyone who’s ever been called a nerd or a geek or a dweeby little beta male who should run home to mommy. *cough* But … calling kids “wads” during a national newscast? I knew CNN was going to have to jazz things up once Dobbs left, but this bold new direction is even bolder than expected.

Here’s the original clip of the pledge kid, who has Jon Stewart on his side too. Exit fun fact: Joey’s underwear is now on display at the Newseum.