Jon Stewart Goes To Town On Fox News For Being “Chronically Angry” About Liberalism

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During Wednesday night’s broadcast of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart lit into longtime nemesis Fox News for waging a “chronically angry war for ideological purity.” He also took Fox to task for claiming that he hasn’t been truthful or fair with his takedowns of the network over the years, instead utilizing deceptive and selective editing to completely hide the context of their quotes. Besides Fox News, Stewart took shots at conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh for claiming Stewart has damaged the Republican brand.

The Daily Show host began the program by reiterating that he will be leaving the program in the near future. He then noted that after he had announced his departure, many in the media discussed the news. This led to a clip of Fox News host Megyn Kelly saying Stewart has not “been a force for good” and complaining about his using video clips out of context. Stewart reacted to this by declaring a “lie-off” and played a six-second Vine showing 50 of the biggest lies Fox has told. The Vine was later tweeted by the show’s official Twitter account.



The comedian also went hard after Limbaugh. He played a clip of the right-wing gasbag claiming Stewart has damaged the Republican Party’s brand with his show. This was followed by a montage of Limbaugh saying extremely offensive things over the past few years, topped by Limbaugh infamously making fun of actor Michael J. Fox having Parkinson’s disease. After the Fox comment was played, Stewart sarcastically stated, “We poisoned THAT brand…how do you poison a cyanide factory?”

The soon-to-be-departed host then completely tore apart the claims that right-wing media figures have made claiming Stewart lies and completely misrepresents what they say. He pointed out that they pretend to be concerned about truthfulness but really only care about ”discrediting anything that they believe harms their side.” It is all about ideological purity to them. Any time they see something that isn’t conservative enough for their tastes, they attack it and label it as awful or evil.

“They purport to want to fix things. But conservatives are not looking to make education more rigorous and informative, or science more empirical or verifiable, or voting more representative, or the government more efficient or effective. They just want all those things to reinforce their partisan ideological conservative viewpoint. Because in their mind, the opposite of bad isn’t good. The opposite of bad’ is ‘conservative. The opposite of wrong’ isn’t right — well, OK, you get my point — but it’s right-wing.”

Stewart said their issues even go to trivial stuff, showing the network talking heads complaining about American Sniper not getting the Oscar for Best Picture. After playing clips of pundits whining about the film being snubbed, Stewart noted that the director Clint Eastwood has already been honored by the Academy in the past, the film itself was made by the so-called liberal elite, and they went and nominated it for Best Picture, among other awards. This led to Stewart pointing out that if “liberal street cred” were all that was needed to be honored, then his film Rosewater would have been named best film.

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

Stewart concluded the segment by stating that conservative media is like a four-year-old who constantly complains and whines until the parent finally caves. He pointed out that many government institutions in this country are doing just that and are caving to right-wing pressure due to the non-stop crying by the right-wing over ideological purity. Stewart then begged people to stop giving in to them, claiming that nothing is ever going to be good enough for them as the anger is constant.

18 Replies to “Jon Stewart Goes To Town On Fox News For Being “Chronically Angry” About Liberalism”

  1. Say what you will about the show, but he’s right. All they do is scream and yell and hope that people cave in and let them have their way with you.

    By calling them out, you are in their line of fire… but that’s fine by me. Facts always triumphs over blind hatred. Always.

  2. Indeed, I have long noticed that what passes for “conservatism” is basically a case of overprivileged tantrumism.

  3. I’ve been watching The Daily Show for about the past 8 or 9 years. I’ve never understood why folks call it “fake news”. It’s actually the furthest thing from fake. It’s not a news show, it’s a satirization of items in other so-called news shows, pointing out the lies and the hypocrisy that are daily constants in media.

    Oh, wait, they call it fake news in an effort to delegitimize it. Sorry, won’t work!

    In the words of Jack Nicholson (A Few Good Men), Fox can’t handle the truth — mostly because truth is totally absent from its agenda.

    Bravo Jon Stewart for calling Fox out once again!

  4. Jon Stewart doesn’t deserve to have his own show… He deserves to have his own network! Can you imagine what he could do for journalism in this country? His work is the future of reporting and Fox works for the mistakes of the past. This is not liberal vs conservative it is truth vs lies.

  5. The left and right wings have much to answer for over the years. However, the right seems determined not just to disagree with the left, but to deny its right to exist entirely. If you’re a Republican and you don’t agree that Obama and Hillary Clinton and the United Nation want to steal all your guns, then you’re not a “real” Republican. You can’t say “I’ve looked at objective, empirical data and the Earth is 4.6 billion years old.” One mention of a disagreement with the purest of ideology, and you’re tainted.

  6. Let’s just say that FOX knows that Jon has been a thorn in their A$$ all these years. And are just glad he is leaving the airwaves.

  7. Without the fairness doctrine, they can lie to their hearts content and the stupid believe it.

    The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was, in the Commission’s view, honest, equitable and balanced.

    Reagan’s Veto Kills Fairness Doctrine Bill

  8. Megyn Kelly doesn’t think Jon Stewart has been a force for good. I beg to disagree. Stewart’s humor, along with Colbert’s, has kept a lot of rational, logical, and analytical people from going nuts while being subjected to Right Wing Wingnuttery.

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