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.