It’s no secret that there’s no love lost between Jon Stewart and Fox News. The
fair and balanced fairly unbalanced network is bidding adieu to Stewart, who is leaving The Daily Show on August 6, by claiming that he is in the tank for President Obama and Democrats. Of course, Stewart is having none of it.
On the August 3 Daily Show, Stewart plays a clip of a conversation from last weekend, between Fox media critic Howard Kurtz and his guest David Zurawik. In that clip, Kurtz and Zurawik talk about Stewart’s “bromance” with the president. Zurawik makes the following statement:
If you serve a politician’s ideological agenda, you are a propagandist.
This is what psychologists call “projection” — claiming that someone else does something that you are guilty of doing yourself. Maybe not Zurawik personally, but Fox News, definitely.
Of course Stewart hits back with examples of times when he has criticized the Obama administration, like the time he told Heath and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that he would go on the internet and download every movie ever made while she went onto Healthcare.gov and tried to sign up for Obamacare. “We’ll see which happens first,” Stewart says.
Next comes a group of clips from — you guessed it — Fox News, showing different Fox personalities talking about various times when Stewart was critical of the president, or some of his policies. “If [the president’s] lost Stewart… I’m just saying,” says Fox anchor Shepard Smith at the end of the clip.
Of course, it’s ridiculous for Fox News to claim that Stewart, or anyone else for that matter, is in the tank for anybody. Fox wrote the book on biased journalism. Stewart proves this with a series of clips showing Fox personalities being advised on negative ways to speak about a public option for health insurance. He observes, “Hypocrisy isn’t a bug in the Fox model, it’s the feature.”
Stewart brilliantly sums up how Fox News works:
[Fox News’] job is to discredit any source of criticism that might hurt the conservative brand. By angrily holding them to standards you yourselves jettisoned in your news network’s mission statement. But I’d be happy to listen, if you made an actual argument. My hunch is this show has been harder on the Obama administration, and this president, per capita, than you ever were in your eight years of Bush finger-banging.
I imagine you won’t get around to verifying that, since you’re probably still working on getting back to us about those fifty Fox lies in six seconds we tossed up a while ago.
We’re certainly going to miss Jon Stewart. Here’s the video, via Hulu:
Featured image via Media Matters/Hulu screen capture