A notable spin alley was immediately following each debate of the 2004 U.S. Presidential elections, as Jon Stewart commented when he made a memorable appearance on CNN's Crossfire on October 15, 2004. Among his other highly critical comments during the program, Stewart criticized the CNN hosts for reporting from Spin Alley, saying "Now, don’t you think that, for people watching at home, that’s kind of a drag, that you’re literally walking to a place called deception lane?"
Following the 3rd U.S. presidential debate of 2004, in a segment later aired on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, spin alley was crashed by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Triumph insulted and mocked representatives from both political parties, including Crossfire's Paul Begala, who was supporting John Kerry.
Spin Alley: A Microcosm of Journalism's Struggles: Will Reporters End This Ritual and Regain the Trust of Their Audience in Their 2006 and 2008 Political Coverage?
Jun 22, 2005; When comedian Jon Stewart accused journalists last October of being "part of the problem" by reporting canned campaign rhetoric...