Unless you’re a conservative or someone who doesn’t follow news or politics at all, most people are well aware of the fact that Fox News is nothing more than right-wing propaganda. There’s a reason why our politics has become more partisan and divisive than ever starting around the late-90’s when the conservative entertainment network was introduced.
To be honest, nowadays I really don’t even need to hear what a conservative is going to say to some random fact that I might present to them, because I watch enough Fox News to already know what they’re going to say. Most conservative arguments are simply talking points they’re parroting from something that originated on Fox News.
But Fox News goes well beyond just partisan misinformation, or even a slight distortions of facts – they’re almost nothing but pure propaganda at this point. It’s just an entertainment network that literally tells its viewers almost constantly that they are the only ones that can be trusted and anyone who speaks out against them is part of some liberal conspiracy against the truth.
Well, on last night’s episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart absolutely went off on Fox News. And I’m not saying that in a sensationalized kind of way either – he crushed them. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that the end is near for him at The Daily Show, or if he was just extremely agitated for this particular broadcast, but I’ve rarely seen Stewart this aggressively hostile. While he threw in a few jokes, most of the nearly 10 minute segment was direct shots at the absurdity that is America’s most watched conservative entertainment network.
After showing several clips of various Fox News personalities bashing Stewart for being “bad for news” and essentially accusing him of lying, The Daily Show host lashed out at the hypocrisy of anyone on Fox News daring to accuse him of distorting the truth.
In fact, he put together a nice 6-second clip containing 50 lies that have been told on the network:
50 Fox News lies in 6 seconds. (Tap the screen to pause) https://t.co/n0BBeoYCzT
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 26, 2015
Stewart then proceeded to tear into the entire fabric of the Republican party and conservatism in general.
“They purport to want to fix things,” Stewart said. “But conservatives are not looking to make education more rigorous and informative, or science more empirical or verifiable, or voting more representative, or the government more efficient or effective. They just want all those things to reinforce their partisan ideological conservative viewpoint. Because in their mind, the opposite of ‘bad’ isn’t ‘good.’ The opposite of ‘bad’ is ‘conservative.’ The opposite of ‘wrong’ isn’t ‘right’ – it’s ‘right-wing.’”
He’s right, that’s exactly what they do. Almost everything they believe isn’t based upon reality, facts, common sense or even science – it’s entirely based on being a conservative. Even if what they believe is flat-out wrong (and most of it is), it doesn’t matter. They are literally so brainwashed by conservative propaganda that we’re now having to debate facts because they’ve simply chosen to believe that if facts don’t support what they want to be real, then those facts are no longer valid.
“Take it from someone who’s been watching what they do for a blessedly almost over 16 years or so,” he continued. “Their chronically angry war for ideological purity, where every aspect of life becomes a two-dimensional battle for America’s soul, it ages you. Even watching it is killing me.”
If we took someone who knew nothing outside of the small bubble in which they lived, with their only source of information and entertainment being Fox News, I can guarantee you that person would be angrier, more paranoid and more hostile than someone who wasn’t exposed to the network. The entire network is so comically over sensationalized that it’s embarrassing that they’re considered a legitimate cable “news” network.
But nothing I said here can really accurately convey Stewart’s message in one of the best segments I’ve ever seen him do. If you have about 10 minutes to spare then you’re going to want to watch this, because it’s simply excellent.
Check out the segment below via Comedy Central:
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