Jon Stewart Perfectly Hammers Fox News’ Hypocrisy On Benghazi (Video)

jon-stewart-benghaziWhen you want the best take on a particular issue that’s currently going on in our country, there’s often no better place to turn than Jon Stewart and The Daily Show.  A point that was proven once again on last night’s show when he absolutely annihilated Fox News’ “hypocritical outrage and sanctimony” when it comes to Benghazi.

He started the segment off by pointing out that Fox News seems insistent that everybody should be outraged over this latest “smoking gun” email showing in the days immediately following the attack, Susan Rice was given talking points that encouraged her to blame it on an Internet video and not an intelligence failure.  He continued to slam Fox News’ assumption that the lack of outrage stems from ignorance rather than the fact that for nearly two years, people have heard enough about this “story” and simply don’t care about talking points that were used immediately following the attack.

That’s when he really teed off on their hypocritical outrage over one intelligence failure, while they essentially gave a pass to the Bush administration which had at least two massive intelligence failures.  The first obviously being the warning of Osama bin Ladin’s intentions to attack within the United States prior to the 9/11 attacks, and a second intelligence failure that led us into Iraq where over 4,400 Americans died.

Then he shifted his attention to the now defunct color-coded terror alerts where former Bush Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said he was pressured by Ashcroft and Rumsfeld to raise the alert levels to help Bush’s re-election chances in 2004.  Which wouldn’t be a newsworthy mention now, except that’s what Fox News is saying the Obama administration did with these talking points following the Benghazi attacks.  Stewart then played clips showing many of the same Fox News personalities who are so outraged over Benghazi now, downplaying Ridge’s claim that the Bush administration pressured him to raise the terror alerts.

Though I can remember saying to someone during the 2004 elections that I found it quite odd how often the terror alerts kept being mentioned, yet soon after the elections I never heard about them again.

But then Stewart really went after Fox News’ hypocrisy, bringing up a story the Bush administration planted in the New York Times saying that Iraq had aluminum tubes that could only be used for nuclear weapons.  A story that was planted so that the same day it came out, Cheney, Rice and Powell went on television to push this story – even though they knew a year earlier that the story was a complete lie.  He then showed clips of various Fox News personalities in 2005 downplaying the blatant lie by the Bush administration, again many of the same people who are so “outraged” over the Benghazi emails.

That’s when he showed a clip of Donald Rumsfeld addressing a question from a soldier serving in Iraq who had asked him why their vehicles weren’t properly armored, when Rumsfeld said, “As you know, you go to war with the army you have – not the army you might want.”  He followed that with a clip from 2004 where Sean Hannity called the solder a plant.  Stewart mocked that claim, asking, “Why would a guy on the front lines in Iraq even be concerned about not having a properly up-armored vehicle? It doesn’t make sense! Wake up sheeple!”

The entire segment was essentially a perfect blasting of Fox News’ fake outrage over the Benghazi attack, while showcasing their repeated past hypocrisy when it came to much worse offenses committed by the Bush administration.

It’s like I’ve said numerous times, it’s really hard to take this “outrage” seriously from these people over four American deaths in Benghazi when they support (and make excuses for) a party that sent over 4,400 Americans to die in Iraq based on a lie.

Here’s the clip, via Comedy Central:

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  • A Olson

    Jon nails it as usual! Wow, it is amazing to see that old news footage!

  • jWd

    Fake News, Fake outrage

  • VeteranMom

    The Fox audience already believes the lies, they won’t even listen to the truth. Not that Fox would bother broadcasting the truth.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      FOX “news” does do a great job of broadcasting the truth,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
      ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,witness the coverage of wildfires/ big commercial jet vanishings and stuff like that!!
      now– when its POLITICAL,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
      the “truth” becomes chameleon

  • Anthony Taylor

    Maybe because those Bush era intelligence failures involved a President that is no longer in office while the one’s Fox news is focused on involve our “current” President. I know Fox news is biased but seriously why would ANY news outlet focus on the gaffs of a “former” President versus one that is currently in office. We all know Bush was a screw up that’s old news. I’m not seeing the hypocrisy here.

    • TruBluMainah

      Anthony – the problem with your comment is that Jon is pointing out the hypocrisy of Faux News when they failed to be outraged at the intelligence failures and lying while Shrub was still in the White House – he was the then-current president. You just don’t get it, do you.

      • Anthony Taylor

        I get it just fine, but you do realize that its not like they didn’t cover those intelligence failures. Sure they weren’t outraged but that’s to be expected as BOTH conservative and liberal media outlets always temper their outrage when dealing with a conservative or liberal potus, respectively. My overall point is who cares how much outrage they show now versus then. We are dealing with things now. I proudly served in that bs war that Bush started and I don’t like how my fellow men and women serving died over that bs war. But that’s in the past, not the present. Obama was supposed to do things differently so we wouldn’t have things like that anymore.

      • Sean Jones

        You clearly have no clue about how our government works.

      • Anthony Taylor

        I know how our government works just fine. What’s your point?

    • Boom Boom Wilson

      I understand your point. “That was then, this is now.” But the point of this article was hypocrisy. Comparing the different treatment is relevant.

      • Anthony Taylor

        I get it and I’m not saying Jon Steward doesn’t have a point. It’s just this is old news in politics and media. BOTH presidents deserve to be scrutinized for these gaffs, Bush more so than Obama, but why focus on the one that got away when we can focus on the now?

      • Jade Portland

        The issue is that Faux news because they have no scandal to report on keep bringing up “Bengazi” to try and make an issue of a at this point “non issue”. They are trying to smear President Obama any way they can. Obmacare has way too many enrollments, they can no longer claim that it has not been a success and so they have to come up with a new topic. Jon Steward is only responding to the claims by faux news. Would they not keep bringing up “Bengazi”, you would no longer hear about it on the Jon Steward show. Your right both should be scrutinized about the “Gaffs” With Bengazi we lost 4 Americans, yes any death is a loss, but you need to consider Iraq, where some 176,000–189,000 violent deaths including 134,000 civilians. Those numbers vary. The main difference here is that this was a war that the American public was lied to about. NO Weapons of Mass Destruction ever existed.

      • Anthony Taylor

        Obamacare is still underperforming, just not as much as the conservatives projected. I hear what your saying about the differences between the two intelligence gaffs causing more deaths, although most wars under most presidencies can be said to be based off of bullshit reasons and could have been avoided. The Iraq war was no different.
        However, what you just gave is the one valid reason I have heard so far for pointing out Fox News unnecessary continued coverage of Bengazi. If it’s nothing more than a smokescreen to take away from Obama’s accomplishments than I can see the point in putting them on notice for that. I still maintain this is much ado about nothing. We all know this is what we are going to get from most media outlets. They are all in the pockets of the politicians.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        aint it FUNNIE how FOX “news” is so sedate in chit-chatting about Michael grimm and his TWENTY federal charges????

      • Pipercat

        Yeah, like they just threw it over a balcony or something…

    • tyler durden

      I think I know your point exactly. yes fox news is a joke, yes there is hypocrisy here, yes Jon Stewart is smart and hilarious. BUT let’s not lose site of the fact that benghazi was indeed a huge screw up by this administration and they attempted to down play it.We have to recognize that or we are no better than fox news.

      • Anthony Taylor

        Exactly. I am in no way defending Fox news. I think most mainstream media outlets are a sham, some more than others obviously like Fox. But while their reasons for putting light on Benghazi is a joke, lets not let it get in the way of the fact that it is something that needs continued monitoring, just like the whole NSA privacy issue.

      • Edgeist

        The point is – Republicans and their Fox propaganda tool are
        CURRENTLY doing EXACTLY what they are accusing Rice, Clinton, and Obama of
        doing two years ago. They are totally using an incompetent and tragic failure
        of security (small compared to previous Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld failures) for
        the completely transparent partisan political purpose of smearing Obama, and
        especially Hillary Clinton, their next main political opponent. Corrective
        measures have been taken over the past two years. The repeated “investigations,”
        especially the CURRENT one, have no purpose but a pre-emptive partisan
        mud-slinging against Hillary.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      well; perhaps KNOWING that FOX “news” doesn’t really spend a lot of time on events such as GOV Christies “bridgegate” or Michael (R) grimms federal charges——-unless they HAPPEN to be democrats. we DID enjoy the HUGE rollback when FOX “news” got harpooned by the PATRIOT cliven bundy as he turned out to be yet another white trash republican scumbag religious vermin

    • Deez

      I think the point you are missing is that they failed to cover it when it was relevant in 2004. Not that they should go back and make a if thing of it now.

  • kctruth

    Dude, that was over two years ago! At this point, what difference does it make? It was only our ambassador and several mercenaries who were murdered, certainly no news to see here, move along.

  • Brad Farnsworth

    Well it is easy to splain Lucy, Fox News is nothing more than a right wing propaganda mouth piece, as is most other MSM outlets, however not to the extent that Fox is.

  • Nodrog Rebreg

    In reading these comments, it seems clear to me that the liberal side is frustrated that they haven’t come up with an effective alternative to Fox News. Prior to Fox, mainline news outlets tended to bias towards liberal ideals. Fox has upset that balance, and continues to do so.

    • Xerxes

      Actually, if you run the numbers on political orientation of news articles, all of the mainline (aka corporate) news outlets had a *slight* conservative bias. Not much, but definitely there. Fox, obviously, is way out in the Right weeds, much like Mother Jones tends to be out in the Left weeds – although I’d hazard a bet that MJ has a significantly higher rating for factual accuracy than Fox.

  • Mark Bigger

    comedy central? get serious people. There is a truth out there , that is yet to be proved. There is no doubt a cover up, if you don’t see that, it’s only because you don’t want to.