From the May 11, 2010 edition of Comedy Central's Daily Show:
That's quite a compliment as far as I'm concerned. As Media Matters president Eric Burns says in the piece, "Stewart does a great job of using comedy to expose the tragedy that is Fox News, and he also underscores the seriousness of it."
Stewart remains one of the few media figures who have been willing to consistently hold Fox News accountable for its political activity and shaky ethical standing. No, I'm not confusing him with a member of the "news media" though those in the "news media" could certainly learn a thing or two from him.
Fox News is not a legitimate news outlet. Rather than circling the wagons when Fox is criticized, members of the press would be better served covering the right-wing outlet for what it is: a partisan political operation.
Last week we noted that Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's Daily Show, had taken on Fox News' hypocrisy over "stereotyping" groups and that the conservative network's media analyst Bernie Goldberg pleaded guilty on the O'Reilly Factor to Stewart's criticism before turning around and attacking the late-night host.
Well, last night Stewart shot back at Goldberg in a lengthy segment. Said Stewart:
You're criticizing me for not living up to your tag-line. And you dismiss any criticism as further evidence of how the rest of the media persecute you. You like to pretend -- Bernie Goldberg at Fox News -- that the relentless conservative activism of Fox News is the equivalent of the disorganized liberal influence you find at NBC, ABC, and CBS. But Fox News, you may be able to detect a liberal pathogen in their bloodstream -- however faint -- but Fox News is such a crazy overreaction to that perceived threat. You're like an autoimmune disorder. I'm not saying the virus doesn't exist at some small quantity but you're producing way too many antibodies. Fox News, you're the Lupus of news.
I guess the folks at Fox News are a little sensative when it comes to Stewart. After all, the network's attempt at an intentionally funny news parody show flopped and Stewart has been running circles around the outlet for years when it comes to thoughtful, and yes, satirical media criticism.
Just over a year ago, CNBC's Jim Cramer found himself in hot water with Jon Stewart. The host of Comedy Central's Daily Show was relentless, running segments targeting the high-strung CNBC host, the most notable of which was titled "In Cramer We Trust" and addressed Cramer's pushing of Bear Stearns just days and weeks before it collapsed:
In the days that followed, Cramer would take to CNBC sister networks for defense from Stewart, prompting this response from the comedian:
The whole ordeal led to Cramer appearing on Stewart's show for an extensive interview where the money talker made a "deal" to "start getting back to the fundamentals of reporting." Cramer also agreed with Stewart that he was a "snake oil" salesman.
Ultimately, Cramer walked back much of the ground he conceded in the interview later calling Stewart's criticism of CNBC "naïve and misleading."
Well, Cramer has landed himself back on the Daily Show, this time for his comments surrounding Goldman Sachs before news broke of the SEC charging the bank with fraud:
Now that Stewart and Stephen Colbert (host of the Colbert Report) have extended their contracts with Comedy Central through 2012, Cramer has some time to live up to his previous commitment to get "back to the fundamentals of reporting." Otherwise, this latest Daily Show segment is only the latest in what will surely be a lot more to come.
From the April 15, 2010 edition of Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
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From the April 8, 2010 edition of Comedy Central's Daily Show:
Back in early March, Jon Stewart devoted more than ten minutes of Comedy Central's Daily Show to illustrating just how Fox News blurs the lines of opinion and news, using Megyn Kelly as a particularly compelling case in point:
A week later, Kelly was featured in another of Stewart's comedic take-downs.
Kelly has finally responded to Stewarts criticism and she's none to... well, actually, she's "flattered."
From an interview with the Fox News "anchor" conducted by Mediaite:
Mediaite: The Daily Show criticized you recently in a very lengthy segment, not necessarily for having an opinion but for the topics, the tone. Do you think that was a fair criticism?
Kelly: I have to tell you I enjoy Jon Stewart. That's the truth. I actually think he's very funny. I've paid to see him do his stand-up routine. So when he turned his attention to me I was flattered. For me, it's a big deal to be 10 minutes on the Jon Stewart show. I think it was actually two nights. And as an aside, it helped my ratings both times, so the truth is, I was flattered.
It's telling that Kelly didn't respond directly to the criticism -- what could she possibly say? Well, Mediaite was there to help her out:
Mediaite: I tuned in the next day. I wanted to break it down, see if he was selective editing. This is the impression I got - you're sort of a neo-anchor. Obviously the style is far from the mold of the O'Reilly and Hannity's but there is this passion you could see, that could fit into a prime time role down the road. How would you describe your style?
From the April 1, 2010 edition of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
Stewart: Only CNN could hire a guy whose entire resume is incendiary partisan rhetoric and then act like that's the part of him they don't like.
From the March 19 edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck:
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Last night on Comedy Central's Daily Show, Jon Stewart reprised his November parody of Fox News' Glenn Beck.
Celebrity photographer Kimberly Butler is up on Huffington Post with an interesting video looking at "new media watchdogs" like Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's Daily Show. The video includes interviews with folks like Geraldo Rivera, John Ziegler, Juan Williams, Rachel Sklar and others.
Aside from the typical right-wing talking points from people like Ziegler (Fox News is popular because the other networks are sooo left-wing!), the piece is a pretty good look at how we've ended up where we are and why someone like Stewart wields such influence.
As Gawker notes:
Fox News has generously placed the full, unedited conversation between Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart online, so we can see precisely how unfairly and deviously Fox edited the interview in order to weaken Stewart's case: A lot!
You be the judge. Watch the entire video below and be sure to check out the post from Gawker in its entirety.
From the February 5 edition of Fox News' O'Reilly Factor:
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From the January 13 broadcast of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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