These are the kinds of battles I love seeing. In fact, I’ve often said that the problem with the “liberal” media and the “conservative” media is that they don’t interact enough. If both sides claim to be right about so much, let’s see them face off against one another to argue the points that they seem so sure of during their shows.
A few days ago Jon Stewart slammed Sean Hannity’s hypocritical support for Cliven Bundy, the rancher who doesn’t recognize that the federal government exists and is essentially nothing more than a deadbeat who doesn’t want to pay fees that he legally owes.
This prompted Hannity to embarrassingly try to go after Stewart, basically calling him a “hack” that doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
I really wasn’t sure if Stewart would respond to these comments, but to my delight he did. Here’s the full segment, via Comedy Central.
He absolutely crushed Hannity’s attack on him.
First, he made sure to make it known that the executive order that’s responsible for the government’s right to extend grazing fees was, in fact, signed by Ronald Reagan. You know, their “conservative hero.”
Second, he slammed Hannity’s “proportionality” argument against the government by showing clips of Hannity supporting law enforcement officers pepper spraying protestors at a sit-in protest and “stop and frisk” laws where police officers can randomly stop and frisk anyone they feel like stopping.
But the best might have been when Stewart brought up Hannity’s mention of the fact that Stewart invited “Cat” Stevens to his Rally to Restore Sanity back in 2010. A somewhat controversial guest considering he endorsed a “fatwa” (an order to kill) novelist Salman Rushdie. A point Stewart made clear he wasn’t aware of when he asked the singer to perform as his rally.
However, Stewart said, “I’m just not sure you’re the best guy to make the guilt-by-musician association point,” then played a clip of Hannity calling Ted Nugent a “friend” and frequent guest of the show.
You know, the same Ted Nugent who dodged the draft by defecting on himself, admitted to being a sexual predator, sang a song titled “Jailbait,” married a 17-year-old so he could legally have sex with her, called Hillary Clinton a c*nt and told President Obama to “suck on” his machine gun.
So, by Hannity’s system of “guilt by association,” I take it he must endorse all of those disgusting things as well.
Stewart concluded the segment by mocking the “patriotism” of Hannity by showing clips of him singing his praises of our Constitution and George Washington. The same George Washington who took armed federal troops to crush the Whiskey Rebellion in the late-1700’s, which was essentially a bunch of people who didn’t believe that they owed taxes that the federal government was ordering them to pay. Noting that it was in fact this rebellion which led the Founding Fathers to ratify the Constitution, giving the government more power to forcibly collect taxes if necessary.
Which is essentially what Sean Hannity was attacking the federal government for trying to do – use force to enforce federal law in the face of someone who had been on record as saying he had guns and was willing to “do what was necessary” to defend his “rights.”
It’s clear that in the war of words between these two, not only did Jon Stewart win – he absolutely crushed Sean “the Arby’s of news” Hannity’s nonsense.