Jon Stewart Crushes Megyn Kelly’s Hypocrisy On Money In Politics (Video)

jon-stewart-megyn-kellyIt’s no secret that Republicans have been trying for years to do anything and everything they possibly can to slander Hillary Clinton. While they’ve tried many tactics (Benghazi, emails, donations to the Clinton Foundation), the truth is they’ve literally proven nothing that could be considered extremely damaging.


Numerous investigations into Benghazi, including one led by Republicans, have yet to prove any of the asinine conspiracies many on the right have been pushing against Clinton or the Obama administration. Republicans are just doing anything they can to string this nonsense out long enough so that it might still seem relevant in 2016.

Then there’s the “email scandal” – that almost nobody cares about. As much as the conservative media tried to get people to care, the only ones who ultimately did (and still do) are people who aren’t ever going to vote for her in the first place.

Now the big issue they’re pushing is this notion that her and Bill have been using the Clinton Foundation as some kind of front to take bribes from foreigners – even though there’s absolutely no evidence to link any sort of unscrupulous behavior to these donations. Basically all conservatives have been doing is assuming that because there’s been foreign money given to the Clinton Foundation, and because she was Secretary of State for four years, this obviously means that the money was meant to influence her decision making.

Again, all this rhetoric is based on assumptions with no proof. Even the Clinton Cash book that was supposedly meant to expose her unscrupulous behavior has been trashed by most in the media, including Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

Well, fellow Fox News host Megyn Kelly has been quite insistent that there’s clearly something shady about this foreign money that’s been given to the Clinton Foundation. But as Jon Stewart pointed out last night, she’s being a hypocrite on the issue considering just last year she stated that she equates money with speech.

Stewart showed a clip of Kelly criticizing Democrats for trying to “limit the First Amendment” because many support overturning Citizens United and passing sweeping campaign finance reform laws. The Fox News host basically asserted that Democrats were trying to kill free speech while seemingly scoffing at the idea that money can corrupt politics. 

“No, I think they’re looking to stop the corruption, not the ‘corruption,’” Stewart said, mocking Kelly while using “air quotes.”

Stewart also went after Kelly for seeming concerned about “to whom” Hillary Clinton might owe favors due to these donations to the foundation, which appears to be a complete contradiction to her comments where she basically dismissed the idea that money can corrupt politics.


You’d have to be a complete idiot to not believe that money is easily the biggest contributor to corruption in our government. How anyone can claim it’s not is absolutely baffling.

But the bottom line is, conservatives often like to make a huge deal out of the money given to Democrats, yet almost always ignore the massive sums of money given to Republicans by people like the Koch brothers or Sheldon Adelson. Hell, the Koch group Americans for Prosperity is essentially controlling the entire tea party wing of the GOP, yet that seems to be just fine to conservatives. After all, there’s nothing at all shady about two billionaire oil tycoons spending ridiculous amounts of money (close to $1 billion in 2016) to do everything they can to make sure the politicians they support get elected.

I’m sure that’s exactly what our Founding Fathers envisioned when they wrote our First Amendment.

Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:



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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  • Flat Banana

    There are questions that need answers, mainly because some of the “donations” are coming from known human rights violators.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/clinton-foundation-taking-accused-rights-violator/story?id=30840212

    • benC

      You mean the Koch brothers?Yeah you`re right 3:)

      • demsco

        FYI, your evil Koch brothers believe in climate change and give to some demsco causes… Also are a union shop. Its also not like the left don’t have deep pockets, Soros, Hollywood, hedge fund managers and sooooo much more and there are what 3 or 4 deep pockets for the GOP and you all endlessly whine about them. Cracks me up. Hell, you even got 90% of the media in your pocket and even with all that you can’t win on your policies because they are so bad… Just pointing out the obvious.

      • Jock Ames

        “90% of the media in your pocket”…..you might want to look up who owns the media. Or since you’re lying intentionally, maybe not. I loathe trolls.

      • mark.saylor

        Demi – Sweetie, most every medial outlet is owned by the same handful or right-wing billionaires. Thanks for mentioning Soros. He gives to 527 organizations. Every dime he donates is visible.

      • Hail Eris!

        Yeah, uh, *having wealth* is not, all by itself, an indication of moral turpitude, so slagging Soros off for being a big donor to left-liberal-prog pols doesn’t mean much — I have yet to see one reason why anyone should care that he is one, apart from the simple fact that he’s a billionaire who supports leftist causes. AFAIAC, the fact that he does so support the left is an indication that he’s immensely cool, like Hanauer or Buffett. The Koch brothers are despicable because they know oil and natural gas cause greenhouse gas emissions, and they simply don’t give a crap, they’ll keep making money off them anyway.

        Snarky
        It is by caffeine alone that I set my mind in motion. It is by the
        Coca-Cola that the thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the
        stains become a warning. It is by caffeine alone that I set my mind in
        motion.

    • BobJThompson

      All money in politics corrupts the process. Regardless of the letter behind the name.

      Win Bernie, win!

      • wendy

        From your keyboard…lol

  • Clintoris

    Jon Stewart is a comedian nothing more.

    • iowasteve

      Let’s not forget that Fox fits the same definition – according to Fox themselves. Stewart knows he is a comedian and openly speaks that. Fox does the same – but they call themselves “entertainment television” – and they openly speak that as well – every single time they get into trouble for telling bold faced lies. At least, the comedian tells the truths. He did NOT say that Clinton was right, but what he did make very clear is that unless the GOP is willing to eliminate their illegal funding, then they have not right to even suggest anything about the other side. But – they have been doing this for how long now?? The GOP has been openly lying about obamacare – they have spent billions in fighting it and trying to dismantle it (failing miserably) – and what’s this??? Cruz is signing up for it and Rove says the GOP needs to stop bashing obamacare now.

      • Randy Nichols

        Watching you guys chasing your tails trying to justify hanging on ever word a comedian on Comedy Central says for crying out loud. Stewart did not say Clinton was right, but he did what progressives do and that is try to divert what she did by trying to point out someone else doing it.. like that somehow justifies it.

      • iowasteve

        I’m not sure he was actually doing that either. I think the point was meant to be that when the others did it, there was nothing said or done and no outrage about it. Because Clinton MAY have done it, it is the crime of the century.

      • Randy Nichols

        Well, anything a conservative does is amplified 10 times in the media.. and if any had charges that rise to the level that Clinton’s there would a loud chorus of demands for an independent investigation. Like him or hate him, Bush was ridiculed for a lot less, even to the point that when they did find WMDs in Iraq he chose not to even bring it up and just let it go, since the media was so against him. Imagine if someone in his administration had withheld emails as defiantly as Hillary.

      • mark.saylor

        Randy, kitten,You mention Dubya (pretty sure THAT was the worst thing we ever called him..). Interesting how there were attacks on 54 American diplomats between 2001 and 2009. Those resulted in 15 American deaths and THREE congressional hearings.

      • Hail Eris!

        The _only_ WMD they have ever found in Iraq were those sold to Saddam by the Reagan and Bush I administrations. IOW, you have nothing worthwhile to say against Saddam, or Iraq, especially since Bush II’s destabilisation of the Middle East created ISIL. We were all much better off, when Saddam was leader of Iraq.

        Snarky

        What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.

      • Phaexos .

        Correct. The handful of munitions that the survey team the Bush administration formed to investigate after the Iraq invasion were part of pre-1991 stockpiles that had already been abandoned and dismantled. There was no evidence whatsoever that Iraq had operating WMDs or even systems in place to develop or maintain any. These are facts which exist outside of political bias – whoever has been informing poor Randy of his information, on the other hand, most likely has nothing but political bias.

    • talktothe hand

      And anything on Fox is pure comedy!

      • Randy Nichols

        At least get some real news from FOX.

      • iowasteve

        Real newS?? Like the lies from O’Reily, Hannity, and the reporters who were eyewitnesses to a shooting that turned out to be not only completely false, but the reporter never seen anything – he got his “news” from another person who was not telling the truth either. And calling it breaking news?? Come on. There is NO real news on FOX.

      • Randy Nichols

        Those guy are not news men, they are commentators, I don’t ever watch them, I think O’Reilly is a pompous jerk, and Hannity annoys me.

      • Jock Ames

        There is nothing “pure” about FOX except their promotion of fear, hate, discontent and divisiveness.

  • Clintoris

    Even many on the extreme left are saying this does not look good for Clinton.She will get the nomination but then get torn to shreds in the actual presidential race.Imagine what all that Koch brother money will be able to uncover.

    • Pipercat

      All the best FUD money can buy!

    • FD Brian

      or lie about.

  • Frank DiChutney

    Allen forces himself to believe Hillary is telling the truth that she’ll commit to campaign finance reform the day after her campaign ends. Her Wall Street backers can’t stop laughing at that one, the ooenly concede they have her in their hip pocket.

    • Hail Eris!

      ” Her Wall Street backers can’t stop laughing at that one, they openly concede they have her in their hip pocket.”

      …Just like the entire GOP, except they can be sure the GOP won’t kick them to the kerb. Hillary can win without Wall Street, because the GOP is a joke. Wall Street’s laughter is just nervous hysteria.

      Snarky
      Success, failure. Tomato, tomahto.

    • Phaexos .

      Hillary’s politics are hardly popular on Wall Street and even if they try to throw money at her they are just hedging their bets. They’ll do exactly the same to whatever GOP candidate comes out strongest during the primaries. Take Jeb, for instance, who hasn’t even declared his candidacy yet but is already soaking up funding everywhere he can get it until he has to adhere to legal restrictions. If there is anyone at all here that doesn’t care about campaign finance reform, it’s him.

      Either side deserves an objective investigation into their books but until that happens (never) we’ll just have to accept that no evidence is evidence of nothing. We will have to be content with just the current cries from unaccountable sensationalist media sources and pretend it could be real life.

  • biloki

    The truth that Stewart speaks really riles up the Republicans! They are practically foaming at the mouth. Deal with reality Republicans.

    • Randy Nichols

      Stewart is a hack comedian, he is no authority on anything. It is fitting, those that speak for the left are comedians and not intellectual thinkers… they know who buys into all the leftist rhetoric, and they are just playing to the crowd.

      • biloki

        You are just projecting about Fox.

      • Randy Nichols

        What does that even mean? Stewart is a comedian on comedy central for crying out loud… his shtick is aimed in immature juveniles LOL. Obviously what he puts out is for the uninformed and ignorant or they would not be going to comedy central for news.

      • biloki

        Get a dictionary if you don’t know the meaning of the word.

      • Randy Nichols

        I know what the word mean… it was your lack of context for it that is baffling. Whatever you think about Fox does not change the reality that Stewart is simply a comedian, and nothing else.

      • mark.saylor

        No one disagreed that Stewart is a comedian. We just state FACTS that more honest news is obtained via Stewart and Comedy Central.

      • Randy Nichols

        uh huh… well facts never meant much to you guys anyway.

      • mark.saylor

        Sweetie, no one goes to Comedy Central or Stewart for news. It does seem that we actually get more news from them though.

      • Randy Nichols

        Nice attempt at condescension sugar, and I get just as real news from Glen Beck. Not that I am surprised since the world lives on social media, so yeah a comedian being political authority is what got us this joke of a president.

      • Hail Eris!

        GLENN BECK??? Oh, my gawds, you are a loon, a true k00k. You would do as well to get all your news from Bugs Bunny. That is, Golden Age Bugs Bunny. Glennie is just that far out-of-date.

        Snarky
        Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.

      • Phaexos .

        It’s clear you haven’t had much actual contact with the academic community and the long and well established history of liberal minded intellectuals that have heavily influenced our society. Unfortunately they don’t have television shows so I can understand why you are unfamiliar with them.

      • Randy Nichols

        Liberal minded intellectuals….that is an oxymoron. I have had plenty of contact with liberal academic types who thought they were intellectual. The problem with the academic types is they live in a world of theory and do not have any applied knowledge or experience. I had those types of professors in college and I have always been a person to verify information and reject indoctrination. Today the left is not made up of classical liberals rather they are progressives. Liberals believed in individual liberty, thought and accepted various thoughts and opinions… today the Democrats/Progressive are exclusionary, and do not accept any deviation from progressive dogma.

        I know you got your indoctrination instead of an education, and I am sorry you wasted your money and time, but I did not got to college to be indoctrinated, and I actually went at a time and to a school where critical thought was accepted and expected.

      • Phaexos .

        You seem to be following your own definition of an intellectual, outside the standard understanding and use of the term. Your labeling system of left, liberal, and progressive is also a bit unintelligible. And your last statement was just bizarre and irrelevant.

      • Randy Nichols

        You last sentence is bizarre, not to mention that you can not begin a sentence with “and”. That is a really basic rule of grammar that defies your pretense of being some sort of intellectual or academic.
        I will agree slightly on the labeling of left, progressive and liberal, since there is no continuity in what you guys believe, you are all over the place and will claim one thing but your actions contradict it, and often you appear to be a dog chasing its tail while trying to defend your positions.
        I could provide a detailed dissertation of what makes a progressive versus Liberal, and what they goals and aims are for each but at this point I am afraid it would be lost on you and a waste of my time, however I did engage you on fringe left web site, so you are so deeply indoctrinated you would not be open to intelligent discourse.

      • Phaexos .

        That is not a basic rule of grammar.
        I never once claimed to be or implied I was any sort of academic or intellectual.

        I never once claimed to be or implied I was any sort of liberal or progressive.
        Likewise, I am also engaging you on a fringe left website, so you must also be so deeply indoctrinated you would not be open to intelligent discourse.

        It appears we’re at an impasse. I’m unable to converse with you and…well, you were apparently never actually conversing with me. And you don’t know everything about grammar.

      • Randy Nichols

        I know enough grammar… which is apparently more than you. I believe you engaged me first implying I may be lacking in the intellectual area.
        True I am also on a fringe left site and have no illusions I will change anyone’s mind here since most are indoctrinated beyond repair, but it is a good place to find out what the hard left talking points are, and I use that information on other forums that has intelligent debate. Once in a while I will engage someone here that is actually interested in alternate view point and we have interesting and civil dialogue. Thanks for the exchange, and have a good day.

  • mark.saylor

    I assume you could consider membership in ALEC as ‘money’. The member corporations pay membership fees. The member politicians are wined, dined and well taken care of in exchange for their signature. Do you know about some of ALEC’s fine laws? In many red states it is illegal to ban fracking, even of voters wish to do so. In twenty red states it is illegal for any municipality to operate a broadband system. That is, if, the system would compete with AT&T, Verizon or Comcast. You guessed it, all three are ALEC members.