Jon Stewart Once Again Blasts Fox News’ Food Stamp Hypocrisy

foodstamps-stewartJon Stewart has based much of his career on The Daily Show bashing Fox News’ ridiculousness.  But let’s be honest, it’s really not that hard to do.

Recently, Stewart has been in a back and forth with Fox News (Eric Bolling in particular) over Fox’s outlandish coverage pertaining to food stamps.  In particular, their “outrage” that welfare recipients might be purchasing seafood with them.

This time Stewart went after Fox for their obvious attempts to paint people who receive government benefits as “just sh*tty people and those food stamps are just making them sh*ttier.”

Which is basically true.  It seems whenever I engage in a conversation with Republicans about food stamps they never talk about the fact that these programs do a lot of good or the fact that over half of the people receiving these benefits are children.  Oh, no.  They just go off on rants about “lazy people who don’t want to work.”  Also ignoring the fact that many of the people who receive government benefits do have jobs.

Now I’m not saying that there isn’t welfare abuse.  I don’t think anyone will deny that.  But those people make up the minority, not the majority.

Stewart then went further and blasted Fox News for attacking welfare recipients while defending billions in oil subsidies, saying, “What I have learned today from my ‘teacher’ is that 3 billion dollars of taxpayer money is greater than 4 billion dollars of taxpayer money.”

Then he finished the segment by providing Fox News evidence (via their own footage) of their support for rich Americans (aka “job creators”) receiving big government subsidies.  You know, another form of  “government handout.”  But those handouts are okay, because they went to the “job creators.”

Or as Stewart so perfectly put it, “So, what I’m getting from Fox is this, exploiting government largess, while morally reprehensible and corrupting for an individual is a-ok for corporations.”

Which is basically spot-on.  The Republican party has routinely supported giant subsidies to big oil, or opposed closing tax loopholes corporations use to avoid paying taxes, yet they almost constantly seek cuts to programs which primarily help the poorest and neediest among us.

Fox News really needs to change it’s slogan from “Fair and Balanced” to “Shill for the Republican party” because that’s really all that they are.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Susan Walters

    I saw the episode last night and Stewart nails it as usual. It does make you wonder how long Fox had to look for a single person that abuses the system to the extent of the guy they highlight.

    I was on food stamps for awhile a long time ago and have known different people on food stamps almost my whole life. While I am sure there are people that abuse the system, I have never seen a single one including myself.

    • FD Brian

      People also cheat on their taxes, but that’s okay to conservatives since they want to abolish the IRS

  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    Let me see: Traditional Conservatism: Be a good Christian, traditional family values, work ethics, moral ethics, be a good neighbor, help those less fortunate than they, believe in equal rights and liberties, etcetera. etcetera, blah, blah. My questions are: Why don’t they practice what they preach? Why do they criticize minorities for having large families? Why do they put down the poor, the disable and senior citizens? How do they, themselves, manage to keep small families if they are against contraceptives and in the same breath claim to be pro life while advocating for the death penalty? Why do they are so much in love with wars that kills people in masses? Why do they hate folks that are different than they, different race, different sexual orientation and different religious beliefs? Why are they so against gender equality? Why do they take dictators side rather than supporting our own President because they don’t like his “looks” or his policies? Why don’t they respect the will of the majority who elected and re-elected our first African American President? Am I being unreasonable asking these questions?

    • FD Brian

      If conservatives are fiscally responsible then they should be against the death penalty just for the savings alone.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        don’t forget that 24.2 BILLION lost on the govt shutdown,,,,,,,,,,,, or the tidy(????) little Iraq war which is still on the credit card

    • Edward Krebbs

      I could draw parallels between the elite today and the elite of the Theocracy of Israel in the first century, CE. Jesus didn’t talk too warmly about the Scribes and Pharisees either.

      Going further back, the so-called minor prophets of the Old Testament also had a lot negative to say about religiosity as opposed to practicing religion.

    • Darcy

      I want to remember your comments to be able to repeat them to the brainwashed FOX watchers I run into.

  • FD Brian

    Fox is the only network that would run a story on smoking NOT causing cancer because one of the reporters had an uncle who lived to the age of 90, smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and never got cancer.

    • LL11

      Well they are just “balancing” all that negative reporting on smoking, you know. 🙂

  • tinyhouset

    I was thinking about this the other day. When someone that is getting benifits from the US government, where does that money go. I mean, even if they are ‘wasting” it, isnt it going back into the economy? I doubt that they take them home and put them in the cupboard and let them sit there. They spend them, if they buy seafood, they buy seafood. Doesn’t somebody still benifit from that purchase? If you give money to corporations where does that money go? Is it going back into our economy or into somebody’s already overinflated “savings” account.

  • Pipercat

    This is such a bad narrative, that it boggles the mind. Those folks on assistance know why they are there. They don’t need some dipstick like Bolling to explain it to them. I do hope the Democrats see the big fat gift these imbeciles have given them.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      if and when fat ostentatious bolling goes thrus some hard times I want 2 be there to ridicule him,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and beck,,,,,,,and Hannity,,,,,and especially michelle ” no tits and hates her life” malkin

    • F**k Cancer

      Douche. When I was a baby, my parents had to use food stamps for a period of time. Was it because they were lazy moochers? NO. My mother was out of work caring for an infant child and my dad couldn’t work for over 6 months after a serious on the job accident. When he could go back to his job, did they say ‘Hey, let’s keep using this gift’? NO. They got off of food stamps as soon at it was feasible because they felt bad having to rely on it in the first place. Programs like SNAP and food stamps exist for people who were/are in a situation like my parents had. Yes, while there are people out there who abuse the system, the ones who really need it shouldn’t be punished.

      • Pipercat

        Um, that’s the precise point I was making…

  • MLR

    Yeah heaven forbid individuals ask for a handout to feed hungry children because we need to reserve those government handouts for those highly profitable corporations “that are people too my friend”. I just don’t understand why conservatives, or anybody else for that matter, have such a problem with food stamp recipients. Most people that qualify for food stamps have small children and that’s why they qualify. Now are we really going to be a nation that begrudges food to our own children in the greatest nation on Earth? Do people realize how petty that makes us look?? And to begrudge food to anybody is pretty damn petty, period. So there might be a little welfare abuse and people might use it buy a few extras like seafood once in a while, but this is food people! Food stamps go right back into the economy and can’t be tucked away in the Caymans or earn interest. I personally don’t mind my tax dollars going on feeding people and if you’re one of those people that does mind then your outrage should be directed at the taxpayer paid governmet handouts given to profitable companies like Walmart and McDonalds (and who’s prices keep going up) who pay poverty wages which in turn make their employees poor enough to be eligible for food stamps.

    • MrLightRail

      And then, spend those same food stamps at, you guessed it…Wal-Mart.

  • F**K cancer

    When I was a baby, my parents had to use food stamps for a period of time. Was it because they were lazy moochers? NO. My mother was out of work caring for an infant child and my dad couldn’t work for over 6 months after a serious on the job accident. When he could go back to his job, did they say ‘Hey, let’s keep using this gift’? NO. They got off of food stamps as soon at it was feasible because they felt bad having to rely on it in the first place. Programs like SNAP and food stamps exist for people who were/are in a situation like my parents had. Yes, while there are people out there who abuse the system, the ones who really need it shouldn’t be punished.