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On Wednesday, Jake Tapper decided to fill the role a generation of viewers have come to expect more from the Daily Show than CNN: he called out the president on rampant hypocrisy. It was even kind of funny.

Jake Tapper doesn't have the comedic timing of a Jon Stewart, he just has the hair. But he couldn't let the absurdity of this Donald Trump tweet pass him by:

After stories of Trump advisors contacting Russians splashed across all the major news outlets, Trump sought to portray the "fake media" as full of "conspiracy theories," even as he simultaneously denounced the presumably accurate "leaks" coming from his government.

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But that wasn't the real point.

"These stories in the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and elsewhere are not conspiracy theories. These are news stories, sourced by government officials. Conspiracy theories are different. They're false, they're crackpot," explained Tapper. "They're nonsense."

Now came Jake Tapper's furrowed brow, his gesture to the footage to come, all the hallmarks of an incoming joke... *Tapper comedy alert!*

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"How do I illustrate what a conspiracy theory is..." said Tapper, who should have continued with an "OH, I DUNNO!"

Instead he went with, "How about this one, about Ted Cruz's father?"

Cut to Donald Trump being Donald Trump.

"THAT's a conspiracy theory," said Tapper, imagining his audience roaring with approval. "Or how about this one, about President Obama?"

Cut to Donald Trump being Donald Trump.

"Those are conspiracy theories. These are facts."

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Maybe comedy doesn't have to do CNN's job anymore.