Jon Stewart destroys Fox News as "removed from reality," in an exposé of their coverage of poverty and, ironically, Fox News.
Wednesday night Jon Stewart wasn't going to take any more "lying and sucking" from Fox News. The right wing cable "news" channel had taken on President Barack Obama this week, attacking him for comments they says he made about Fox News. Of course, Fox News' paranoia had taken hold, so, had they reported the actual story and the President's remarks in context, it would have been a very different report.
Stewart took the issue of poverty to expose Fox News. He showed clips from Fox News over the years accusing President Obama of ignoring poverty, while reminding them that Obama "has been addressing those issues his entire presidency." And he summed up Fox News' position, in clips, that poverty "is not a function of economic condition, but of character."
And Stewart focused on Fox News host Stuart Varney, who called his employer "the honest messengers" who don't allow Obama to "spin his own policy failures."
Then Stewart turned to Varney claiming Fox News never says "the recipients of food stamps are bad people, or that they're lazy."
So of course Stewart, calling Varney's lie "a rich buffet of bullsh*t," then played a montage of Fox News calling recipients of food stamps bad people and lazy, with segments like "Entitlement Nation," "Who's Ruining The Economy?," "United States of Entitlement," "Entitlement Society," and "You Make It, They Take It."
That was followed by clips of comments by Fox News hosts, anchors, and guests, saying, "the moocher class," "subsidized freeloaders," "nation of moochers," "entitlement mentality," "sitting on the couch eating bon-bons," and more.
That was too much for Stewart.
“How fucking removed from reality is Fox’s perception of their own coverage on poverty?," he demanded to know. "The main defender of your network’s attitude towards those in poverty, is the main offender,” Stewart said of Varney. "He does segments that would make Ebenezer Scrooge go, 'Hey, take it easy, these are people we’re talking about.'"
He went on to show clip after clip after clip of Varney attacking poor people, and saying that "the image we have of poor people as starving and living in squalor really is not accurate. Many of them have things, what they lack is the richness of spirit."
Stewart's frustration was evident.
"Are these glaring contradictions a product of lack of self-awareness, or cynicism, or stupidity, or evil?" Stewart posited. "I don’t know anymore, and I’m starting to lack a richness of fucks."
He then took on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Joe Scarborough, who had defended Fox News, suggesting he has never heard Fox News call "poor people leaches, sponges, and lazy."
So, Stewart was obligated to show clips of Fox News calling poor people leaches, sponges, and lazy.
And he slammed Scarborough for not even bothering to do any research before offering his opinion, in "our favorite game show, 'Did You Even Try To Research This?'"
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