Classic Flashback: Jon Stewart’s Epic Takedown of “Lying Dynasty” Fox News

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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.


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Here’s the list of citations the Daily Show host used, courtesy of PolitiFact, which dedicated a posting to this Daily Show segment:

Glenn Beck: Less than 10 percent of Obama’s Cabinet appointees “have any experience in the private sector.” — False (December 2, 2009)

Steve Doocy: White House Political Director Patrick Gaspard once served as the “right-hand man” for Bertha Lewis, who heads up ACORN. — False (September 30, 2009)

Gretchen Carlson: Says the Texas State Board of Education is considering eliminating references to Christmas and the Constitution in textbooks. — Pants on Fire! (March 12, 2010)

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: ‘A government takeover of health care’ (December 16, 2010)

Glenn Beck: The Muslim Brotherhood has “openly stated they want to declare war on Israel.” — False (February 15, 2011)

Karl Rove: “American troops have never been under the formal control of another nation.” — False (March 29, 2011)

Brian Kilmeade: Says Gov. Rick Scott’s approval ratings are up. — False (April 15, 2011)

Laura Ingraham: The Massachusetts health care plan is “wildly unpopular” among state residents. — False (May 16, 2011)

Sarah Palin: “Look at the debt that has been accumulated in the last two years. It’s more debt under this president than all those other presidents combined.” — False (June 1, 2011)

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 ( 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)

Sarah Palin: “Democrats are poised now to cause this largest tax increase in U.S. history.” — Pants on Fire! (August 4, 2010)

Bill O’Reilly: “Attorney General Eric Holder is involved in the dismissal of the criminal charges” against the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation  — False  (July 23, 2010)

Sarah Palin: “Barack Obama had 150 days in the U.S. Senate where he was able to vote quite often ‘present.’ ” — False (February 8, 2010)

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)

Glenn Beck: Labor union president Andy Stern is “the most frequent visitor” at the White House. — False (December 7, 2009)

Glenn Beck: “Why do we have automatic citizenship upon birth? We’re the only country in the world that has it.” — False (June 19, 2009)

Bill O’Reilly: Says he didn’t call Dr. George Tiller a baby killer, as liberal groups charge, but was merely reporting what “some prolifers branded him.” — False (June 5, 2009)

Bill O’Reilly: When White House communications director Anita Dunn said that Mao Tse-tung was “one of her favorite philosophers, only Fox News picked that up.” — False (October 27, 2009)

Bill O’Reilly: “We researched to find out if anybody on Fox News had ever said you’re going to jail if you don’t buy health insurance. Nobody’s ever said it.” — Pants on Fire! (April 27, 2010)

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.

23 Replies to “Classic Flashback: Jon Stewart’s Epic Takedown of “Lying Dynasty” Fox News”

  1. Brian Williams is a saint compared to the daily lies of Fox news. If the Fox reporters were held to the same standard they would all be unemployed.

  2. I don’t understand your question? Williams lied or embellish to make himself look good. Fox lies for propaganda reasons to push a ideology.

  3. They did it too!!! So it’s fine that Brian Williams can say that he looked down the tube of an RpG, and that his helo took rocket fire…(lies..). A guy I work with lost his son in Afghanistan, and a cousin of mine’s Humvee got hit with an IED. I wonder how they feel about Fox now? If they read all that Fox lying stuff they really would be pissed, but of course they’d be fine with you guys covering for Brian Williams…

  4. Fox News lied,MSNBC lied CNN lies they all have there own political agenda. the only news org that tries to be a bit fair is CNN. brain williams will probably never anchor again. now news about his expense accounts are coming out.even NBC cares about rating. when an anchor loses credibility they are the news and no one believes them

  5. Listen djchefron, I read your comments and can see clearly that you’re a very smart guy. I like your comments and hope to engage with you on topics we might agree on, or disagree…. But I don’t see Williams lies all that much different from Sean Hannities’…who I listen too all the time. Both are ideologues in my book. This is coming from a Breitbart, Daily Caller, Limbaugh, Hedgecock, listening right-winger BTW…

  6. First of all why are you giving a rats ass? Do they provide all you know and now when the truth comes out you having a serious cases of the butthurt?

    This one does that. The other is just as bad. Newsflash. The corporate media are not there to inform you. Only to entertain you. Are you not entertained?

  7. Reading djchefron? Sure… I’m going through Henry Hazlet’s stuff these days. I mean, geeze, Mark Cuban said he read Fountainhead like seven times… What a dolt eh???

  8. Can you imagine a crazy person with a mega yacht reading some piece of trash, like the Fountainhead seven times? Holy cow! I just skimmed Atlas Shrugged the seventh and eighth time… What a selfish jerk!!!

  9. Well sure, you circumvented a certain poster who became a pain in the neck, but let him back in, maybe unknowingly, and not knowing that he’s actually very cool and very civil… And that he, ok me, is really a net positive, all things considered. Even if he, ok me, took a little detour around moderation protocol…. I’m Johnny… and I mean no harm. I can be the civil reichwinger you guys have been looking for.. Maybe let me write a few articles from the right. I’m actually pretty liberal on many things..

  10. And another thing, djchefron, your neo-confederate label probably did not apply to McConnell all that well, but it certainly applies to Rand Paul. Rand and Ron ARE neo-confederates. They balked at the civil-rights amendment and they are clearly LewRockwell and Thomas D Lorenzo fans. I like anarcho-capitalism, and free-market volunteerism… all that sort of stuff, but have read (reading is fundamental) the Tragedy of the Commons, and understand the role of government to protect communal property rights… IE communally held resources that no individual should own outright..

  11. And another thing, djchefron, your neo-confederate label probably did not apply to McConnell all that well
    Really? I use that label for southern white pols because like their ancestors of old their objective is to protect the wealthy few and the rest are just fodder to make them richer.

    Even though the old confederacy was built on slavery they exploited poor whites just like today for their own economic gain. The problem is poor white people still thinking because they are white and are protected are too stupid to see it

  12. Well put. But the neo-confederate label has been placed on guys like Ron Paul and Rockwell for their views on succession and nullification. Not so sure it applies to just any southern white person, who may be swayed by religion first and foremost, and is totally ignorant of such constitutional nuance. People are stupid, djchefron, in my view. I’m not saying RP is right on the civil war or the civil rights amendment,although I think he was right on the Fed…

  13. As it should be. I don’t know where you stand but when someone talks about states rights, then I get a chill because to me that means that’s just a dog whistle for days like this
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    Do not fool yourself. People when they talk in those terms long for the old days. Tiller the baby killer. Kill all the gays. Voter suppression. Women know your place.

    If you are not like us then we do have a solution for you

  14. I stand in a place called City Hieghts, which is just northeast-east of Balboa park in San Diego, but this notion that the argument between states rights and Federal, automatically leads to lynchings is a stretch… a big one. I’m one of those odd shvantzes who actually does read and I know that the term lynch, was derived from actions taken by Charles and Bill Lynch… heinous actions used to ensure compliance from slaves. They ripped people in two, with horses.. to put the fear of retribution into other slaves. But that isn’t really a something that’s going to happen today now is it? Just because some idiot in a three-point hat, waving old Glory starts screaming about states rights… does that mean we gonna retrograde back 60 years???

  15. Seriously? You really can’t tell the difference? Or are you just trying some minor flaming? I have to laugh at you.
    I haven’t bothered to read but one article about Williams. It is too obvious the errr..MSM is out to destroy him for some reason. Has he gone off script for the U.S. paying and fighting another war for Netanyahu or something? Because they all came running to destroy a man for what should be classified as minor self aggrandising fibs. Consider the lies the MSM helped the Bush administration spread. And what they covered up.
    When Williams “lies” are even a patch on the Bush/Cheney and the whole administration..then I will worry. In the meantime the men that told the lies that murdered over a million people are still free instead of being hung. I wish someone would get the truth out.

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