Odds are if you work in any form of media (radio, news channel, blog, website, etc.), like with most things in life, you’re going to make a few errors throughout your career. The key is to make sure those errors are done so by mistake as opposed to blatant attempts to falsify and fabricate information, which is something we see far too much of nowadays.
Well, as it just so happens, last week Jon Stewart made a mistake. While listing several African-American males who had been killed by police, he wrongfully cited one death in California as being the fault of a police-related shooting when, in fact, medical examiners ruled that the individual had died of a PCP overdose.
To which Stewart owned up for his mistake… in a spectacularly over the top sort of way. Clearly attempting to poke fun at this error, he even subjected himself to Fox News criticism, showing clips of several personalities on the network seizing on his mistake.
“That’s what’s so tough about working in media ‘counter-errorism,’” Stewart said. “The Daily Show has to be right 100 percent of the time; Fox only has to be right once.”
But when a clip aired of Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade accusing him of blatantly trying to “slam the cops,” going as far as to evoke 9/11 and the number of fallen members of the NYPD since the attack, Stewart went off.
“F*ck you, Brian,” Stewart said looking right at the camera. “Seriously. F*ck you. That is so far out of line, that even within the confines of this bit — ostensibly accepting blame for everything that’s coming my way for a factual error I really do regret, f*ck you. Ears, eyes, nose and throat. In fact, if I hadn’t told you to f*ck off, I would have had to apologize on tomorrow night’s show for being factually incorrect.”
“By the way, jackass, you can truly grieve for every officer who’s been lost in the line of duty in this country, and still be troubled by cases of police overreach,” he continued. “Those two ideas are not mutually exclusive. You can have great regard for law enforcement and still want them to be held to high standards.”
But it just goes to show you how effective Stewart has been as a media personality when after making just one small error last week, Fox News was so eager to seize on the opportunity to bash him. Even though the error he made really didn’t underscore the overall point he was trying to make.
And let’s face it, Fox News is the last network that needs to lecture anyone else on honesty.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: