Jon Stewart Shames Fox News for Celebrating That They Were Actually Right About Something (Video)

jon-stewart-fox-news-shameWhile Fox News champions itself as “fair and balanced” and a beacon for truth, most of us with common sense and the ability to think for ourselves are well aware that the network is nothing more than conservative entertainment. They are easily the most outrageous and over-the-top “news” (and I use that word loosely) channel on television.

One thing the conservative entertainment network loves to do is toot its own horn, often claiming that because they lead other cable news channels in the ratings, that somehow validates the quality of their news. Well, I hate to break it to them, but some of the worst shows on television do really well in the ratings. In fact, it could easily be argued that their dominance in the ratings is due in large part to the fact that they pander to their audience (overwhelmingly conservative) while forgoing truthfulness and quality reporting.

All that being said, sometimes they do get a story right; as the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day. One of these such stories was their stance on Mike Brown and the “hands up, don’t shoot” rallying cry that erupted follow his death. While there are some who continue to try to claim that Brown’s hands were up, almost all credible witness testimony, forensic evidence and even the Department of Justice’s report on the case concluded that Brown’s hands weren’t up, and he was moving toward Officer Darren Wilson.

Needless to say, since all this news has surfaced over the past several weeks, many Fox News personalities have been quick to point out the fact that they were “right” when it came to this story.

Though they seem to forget that when it comes to their constant Benghazi fear-mongering, not only have they rushed to judgement about damn near everything related to that attack – they’ve been wrong about almost everything related to it as well.

Well, Jon Stewart decided the network needed to be taken down a peg or two after patting themselves on the back so much here lately. He dedicated a segment on last night’s Daily Show to belittling the fact that they seem to be going out of their way to congratulate themselves because they managed to finally get something right.

“They got it right 3 times in 10 years. Those are solar eclipse numbers, people!” Stewart quipped. “Which is why I think it’s recommended you only watch Fox through a tiny pinhole poked in a piece of cardboard. You can’t look directly at Fox – it would indelibly burn your soul.”

He then went on to slam the arrogance and immaturity of the network.

“The great thing is, I get it now. Your network launched in 1996, you’re 18 years old,” he said. “Just like every 18-year-old, you have a massive ego and spend 24 hours a day jerking yourself off.”

While I understand that most media entities will often boast if they’re actually the first ones to break a story, it’s not nearly as common to see a network news channel falling all over themselves to tell the world that they actually got something right. After all, should a network that’s supposed to be reporting “fair and balanced” news seem so shocked that, for once, they weren’t completely wrong about something?

Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:

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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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  • Jim Bean

    First off, I would say the left ‘had it coming’ for their incessant campaign against Fox simply because of their determination to challenge the Left.

    Second, I would point at they also were the only ones to get it right on Zimmerman’s guilt. On Wilson’s guilt. On ‘you can keep your plan.’ On ‘the video caused the attack.’ On “Walker will lose in the recall.” On ‘science will prove the pipeline is too dangerous.’ On ‘science will prove fracking is too dangerous.’

    I could spend all day citing examples that contradict Stewart, but you get the point.

    • BobJThompson

      If your plan was junk, Obamacare scrapped it. Sorry if you wanted to keep it.

      It is surprising that Walker won the recall. I’m sure the challenger was nothing to be excited about, thus the voters stayed him.

      Do you expect the earths climate to change immediately after oil is drilled? If so you’re completely off about the science.

      Fracking is safe? How about wasting millions of gallons of water and causing earthquakes?

      Maybe you should stop trying to score “points” all the time. Our country would be better if both sides quit that nonsense.

      • Cufmann

        If your plan was junk, Obamacare scrapped it. Sorry if you wanted to keep it.

        Our country would be better off if people didn’t try these bogus weasel defenses for Obama’s obvious and repeated lies like this one. He said it at least 36 times in prepared speeches, with a “PERIOD” at the end of it for emphasis, without the qualifier you still cling to. Had he added that qualifier, you might have a point, but he didn’t, and you don’t. He lied to get elected, and you’re being phony and disingenuous.

      • Jen

        And how many times BEFORE The Affordable Care Act was passed did your INSURANCE company change your plan, or increase the cost for you to keep the SAME plan? It may have been misleading for Obama to state that you could keep your plan, as he was not in charge of what plans were available, that was all on the insurance companies. I don’t think Obama intentionally lied, I think he neglected to think about what the insurance companies might do to existing plans.

      • Cufmann


        If he did that, he was remiss and irresponsible. It was a big deal and people like Fox News were calling him out on it, but he just kept repeating it. Did your read anything about Jonathan Gruber this past summer/fall, or watch any of the videos? Please, if you choose to be gullible, that’s fine, but exercise caution when trying to repeat something that is categorically false.

      • neoconssuck1

        Conservatism: The holding on to insignificant points because that’s all you have. You missed the entire point. If your lame insurance did not meet the basic requirements of Obamacare, it was not acceptable under the program. Here is Obama protecting you from yourself and your bad judgement, and instead of thanking him, you’d rather call him a liar. Are you just as upset about serious lying, ie.,”WMD” and “stay the course?” Now those were serious lies that got people killed. Nobody’s being gullible here, except you. You are pathetic.

      • Cufmann

        Four Pinnochios, neocon. That is fact. No weaseling out of it.

        Do you not understand the significance of his emphasizing the “PERIOD” at the end of his assurances? Or how about the preface “Let me state this very clearly”?

        It was a bald-faced lie told over and over to win an election and keep a bill that if it failed, so would the fortunes of the Democratic Party. Bringing up something Bush said doesn’t make it any less of a lie, even though liberals do that in every argument they don’t have a leg to stand on.

        Funny that. The Bush card.

      • neoconssuck1

        You’re living in Dreamland if you think that’s the only reason Obama was reelected. But I understand your need for fantasy. Even fox “news” held on to the bitter end on election night, with all their “experts” calling for a romney victory. Too bad, ignoramus, but you’re stuck with the “bush card,” like it or not. I won’t rate your comment because it’s not worth rating, neither are you. You’re just another sheep, swallowing the kool aid.
        You’re walking proof of my original point: Conservatism: The holding on to insignificant points because that’s all you have. It’s always good to sort out what’s important and what isn’t. It’s obvious you have difficulty in that area.

      • Cufmann

        That was your counter-argument to the statement that Fox got it right when they called BS on Obama saying “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.”?

        I didn’t claim it was the only reason he got re-elected, but the fact is, he repeated it at least 35 times in campaign speeches. Why else would he have done that if not to get re-elected, Sherlock?

        Yeah, you’re probably right that we’re stuck with the Bush card, as long as people like you are going to be dopey enough to play it because they think it’s a good way to excuse Obama for being a dishonest F-up, that is.

      • neoconssuck1

        Conservatism: The holding on to insignificant points because that’s all you have. It’s always good to sort out what’s important and what isn’t. What else can I say? You’re walking proof. It’s no wonder your politicians never accomplish anything of importance with people like you electing them. You are unsuccessfully trying to feed your ego by holding on to a point that long ago lost its relevance. Who cares what or if he said something 35 times (I’ll take your word on that because I don’t care enough to fact check it). The point is Obamacare is working, and is even more successful than originally anticipated, although I would have much preferred a single payer system. I am done with you. You live in a different reality than I do. I actually care about solutions and results. You seem to only care about gotchas and sound bites. You should try to get out more often, loser. Oh, and btw: shove the Pinnochios up your ass with all the other pointless thoughts you have.

      • BobJThompson

        I can think of a few other things that Obama has done (hasn’t done) that I’m more angry about. For instance why didn’t he push for single payer? Yet another spineless, corporatist, moderate republican.

      • Cufmann

        Didn’t have the votes in his own party and didn’t have the same means to bribe as many more of them as the ones he did to pass the ACA.

      • BobJThompson

        Do you have proof of Obama bribing his party to pass the ACA? I would think that the insurance lobby did the bribing, since it was such a big money maker for them.

      • Cufmann

        Google ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ and ‘Louisiana purchase’ along with ACA.

        Payoffs for states get Harry Reid to 60 votes

      • Jen

        Thank you for sharing an article that is over 5 years old. Why are we discussing old news? The Affordable Care Act is law. If you don’t like it, encourage your representatives in Washington to draft something better. Instead of getting so wrapped up in what happened back then, try to do something to fix it. Personally, I agree with BobJThomson that single payer is the way to go. Get the profit out of human suffering.

      • BobJThompson

        I’m not exactly shocked that it took a bit of dealing to get this law passed. Any legislator worth his salt would know this was just a give away to insurance companies just to get a few modest reforms passed.

    • Cufmann

      Stewart owes his career to Fox News. Fully and completely.

      If he believed what said and it wasn’t all his usual clown act, he wouldn’t pay attention to the network. He’s incapable of doing that.

      But Jon Stewart bashing Fox News’ arrogance. Imagine for a moment what that must’ve been like for Allen watching that? The elation, the joy, the build up to a full-bursting orgasmic scream of shear ecstasy. That’s the video that I’d like to see.

    • FD Brian

      don’t think of it as challenging the left, because they don’t. They consistently lie their asses off about things to create a fear in the right.

  • bestfriend

    I like to listen to Jon tell me things

  • eallen

    “Liberals have almost every major media outlet on the planet. They have most networks, the near entirety of academia, tons of big papers, and almost all analysis programs. Conservatives have Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and AM radio. This is hardly a media coupe, and liberals really should just fucking get over it.”

    I’m posting another person’s thoughts, because I don’t have much of a dog in this fight. I don’t even watch Fox news, because there is better stuff out there, and I’ve never owned a TV. However, I am beyond sick of that card being tossed in my face, and like the guy I posted above me, I say the liberals should get the eff over it.