Jon Stewart Uses Brian Williams Fiasco To Call Out Media For Accepting Bush’s Iraq War Lies

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During Monday night’s broadcast of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart addressed the recent revelation that NBC News anchor Brian Williams had made false claims about taking rocket fire during a helicopter ride in Iraq in 2003. After Williams had reiterated the claim during a nightly broadcast earlier this month, military personnel came forward and challenged the anchor’s recollection, leading to an avalanche of media criticism and calls for Williams’ resignation. While Stewart ridiculed Williams for making up his story for “infotainment” purposes, the comedian took aim at the media’s hypocrisy regarding how they covered the lead-up and early days of the Iraq War.

At the beginning of the segment, Stewart made sure to give Williams — who has been a Daily Show guest many times  – a hard time for exaggerating what happened on the helicopter ride. The Daily Show host said it appeared Williams got struck with a case of “Infotainment Confusion Syndrome” when rehashing the story over the years. When Williams originally reported on it in 2003 as a new reporter, he told the basic facts. However, when appearing on David Letterman’s show in 2013, he went into anecdotal mode where he spouted out “total bullsh*t.”

In Stewart’s mind, this is more sin than crime, comparing it to masturbation. Essentially, getting caught is punishment enough. Stewart figured Williams’ colleagues in the news industry would surely agree. This led to a montage of over-the-top outrage from other anchors, reporters and pundits beating the drum of SCANDAL and suggesting that Williams destroyed his and the media’s credibility. After playing the clip of the media freaking out and attacking Williams, Stewart gave the perfect response.

“Finally, someone is being held to account for misleading America about the Iraq war. It might not necessarily be the first person you’d want held accountable on that list. But never again will Brian Williams mislead this great nation about being shot at in a war we probably wouldn’t have ended up in if the media had applied this level of scrutiny to the actual f*cking war.”

This was followed by Stewart destroying the mainstream media for swallowing the Bush Administration’s justifications for invading Iraq more than a decade ago. He played video clips of Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice all appearing on news talk shows spewing out falsehoods without so much as a challenge. This was followed by a montage of media figures justifying their coverage and reporting, including former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw calling it the “fog of covering a war” and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer saying that the news only provides “the first draft of history.”

Regarding Blitzer’s statement, an incredulous Stewart exclaimed, ”It wasn’t even your draft! You were just copying off of Cheney’s paper. You were plagiarizing history!”

Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Comedy Central:

21 Replies to “Jon Stewart Uses Brian Williams Fiasco To Call Out Media For Accepting Bush’s Iraq War Lies”

  1. Ronald Reagan
    When the Premier of Israel visited Reagan at the White House, the President went on and on for three quarters of an hour explaining why he was pro-Jewish: it was because, being in the Signal Corps in World War II, he visited Buchenwald shortly after the Nazi defeat and helped to take films of that camp. Reagan repeated this story the following day to an Israeli ambassador. But the truth was 180-degrees different; Reagan was not in Europe; he never saw a concentration camp; he spent the entire war in the safety of Hollywood, making films for the armed forces…

    We wont even get into Bush lies about his “ahem” service.

    Then we have Judy Miller which the NYT only gave a half ass I’m sorry years after the fact.

    Oh before I forget Bill O’reilly lies
    When Will Fox News Fire Bill O’Reilly For Lying About Combat Duty?

    All the village is full of bovine excrement

  2. Operating and hiding directly underneath their currently projected public images of being the political party of a herd of truly ignorant, arrogant, evil and inept racist assholes you will find a political party of truly ignorant, arrogant, evil, and inept racist assholes. What you see is what you got with the GOP. Inbreeding and brainwashing from birth by control freaks has consequences (it appears). They actually “believe” that they are the master race. Let them know that they are not.

  3. Yeah, I saw the Daily Show and wondered why, since relations between Stewart and O’Reilly is cool at best, Stewart did not mention the lies O’Reilly has told concerning his “combat experience”.

    Or this

    I guess Faux Noise figures if they can holler louder and continuously, and point their fingers at others, everybody will ignore the fact that they are the biggest liars of all.

  4. There is very little true journalism any longer. The true journalists are in the field reporting real stories. Some of which will never see a “News Broadcast” on television because they are not sensational enough to get ratings. As sad as it sounds, if I want to find out facts, I usually have to watch The Daily Show. Rarely will I get the real truth from the MSM. They don’t challenge their guests at all, so how can I believe anything they say?

  5. You forgot the gunnuts and the welfare rancher supporters that stand for a “taker” but eliminate food stamps for kids.

  6. Thanks for your comments Rick!
    As the saying goes;
    ” I get my news from Comedy Central and my comedy from Fox “News”.

  7. Makes me think of Hillary Clinton’s “mis-speaking”. Now Brian Williams “mis-remembering”. No one is held accountable anymore. I guess I held Brian too far up on a pedestal. I’m disappointed.

  8. I was not fooled in 2002-04. With some critical thinking and attention to small tidbits, as well as the events themselves, it was obvious the whole thing was a gigantic lie and I was stunned that so many were swayed.
    The contempt and derision for my pointing out things I was was just icing on the shit sandwich, so to speak. Furthermore, I got most of my info from my TV, which has now been cold, dark, and disconnect for many years now.
    I often ended up online looking at foreign news organizations for sanity and that thing called journalism.
    “Watching” the “news” is no substitute for reading it.

  9. “Yes, a saying about people who would rather feed their ideology than know anything.”

    Fixed that for ya.

  10. Media Misdeeds and Blind Spots
    The “war on terror” is only the most recent threat used to rationalize our military’s extensive global footprint. The military and intelligence establishment possesses hundreds of military bases worldwide, making us the only country with permanently forward deployed troops, while it fights wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, along with a growing yet unknowable roster of countries in Africa. And yet, the amount of existing threats remains, at the very least, constant. Without even taking into consideration the very real moral failings of our war policies, the return on our investment is not looking so good
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  11. Amazing that the Left are still trying to defend their advocacy for a maniacal Left Ba’athist despot in Iraq. Now they’re using the lies of a staunch Democrat to do it.

  12. Actually, all we are saying is, “See! We told you so!” Any “Nyah,nyah, nyah” is a figment of your imagination (probably)

  13. Want to make up for your real Iraq lies, media? Get to work on Iran
    As Brian Williams becomes the first person punished for lying about the Iraq War, Dick Cheney is about to headline a fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Benjamin Netanyahu is about to speak to a joint session of Congress and George W. Bush’s brother — who has “never disagreed” with any of W.’s policies — is the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. One of Jeb’s biggest backers and favorite advisors? Condoleelza Rice.
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