While 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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