In 2011, Jon Stewart did an epic take down of Fox News with 21 PolitiFact citations, including “two “Lie of the Year” awardees, five Pants on Fires and 14 False ratings.” The host finally proclaimed, “Fox News is like a lying dynasty!”
This is classic Stewart and it’s just one of the reasons he will be sorely missed.
Here’s the list of citations the Daily Show host used, courtesy of PolitiFact, which dedicated a posting to this Daily Show segment:
PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: ‘A government takeover of health care’ (December 16, 2010)
PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: ‘Death panels’ (December 18, 2009)
Kimberly Guilfoyle: If you log into the government’s Cash for Clunkers Web site (cars.gov) from your home computer, the government can “seize all of your personal and private” information, and track your computer activity. — False (August 3, 2009)
Sarah Palin: “We’re going to be looking at $8 billion a day that we’re going to be pouring into foreign countries in order to import that make-up fuel that we’re going to need to take the place of what we could have gotten out of the gulf.” — Pants on Fire! (June 3, 2011)
Glenn Beck: John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, “has proposed forcing abortions and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population.” — Pants on Fire! (July 29, 2009)
The rather new PunditFact found that 60% of all the statements they examined from Fox News were mostly false or worse. And here’s a flashback to one of the polls Jon Stewart was probably referring to when he made his original statement about Fox News viewers being the least informed of all viewers: “A poll by Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey showed that of all the news channels out there, Fox News viewers are the least informed… Results showed that viewers of Sunday morning news shows were the most informed about current events, while Fox News viewers were the least informed. In fact, FDU poll results showed they were even less informed than those who say they don’t watch any news at all.”
Of course we don’t really need a poll to know that Fox News viewers are not dealing with reality or facts these days. If you’ve had the misfortune to deal with them at all, you are already well aware of the delusions under which they operate. They are often found chanting “Benghazi! IRS!” and asking for the President’s birth certificate while accusing him of being a Muslim (as if this were a bad thing) and railing about something his Reverend said years ago.
Nobody does it like Stewart. He has informed his viewers for years using humor and a light touch to make serious points palatable.
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