Jon Stewart Shreds Fox News’ Racial Hypocrisy and Fear-Mongering on Ferguson

stewart-ferguson-1Jon Stewart was back last night (he had been on vacation) so this was the first chance he had to address the decision in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Mike Brown. And I think it goes without saying that he had more than a few things to say.

During much of the first part of the segment he basically mocked those who tried to downplay the significance of what transpired after the announcement that Wilson wouldn’t be indicted.

But it was around the halfway point of the segment where he really got going. He hammered those who tried to claim that these protests weren’t the result of people who felt this decision was an injustice, but rather the “racial arsonists” who are always trying to stoke the flames of racism whenever they get the chance.

He then played a clip where Sean Hannity explains who he thinks are the real driving force behind all of the chaos: President Obama, Eric Holder and Al Sharpton. That prompted Stewart to sarcastically ask, “Be honest, my friend. Are those the three people responsible, or did you just name the only three black guys you could think of?”

Then he absolutely blasted Fox News for perpetuating the idea that black people have simply been convinced by a network of shrewd propagandists that they are somehow victims and that it’s wrong for these networks to agitate or scare black people by utilizing all the tools of modern technology to work them up into an irrational frenzy. He clearly belittled the network because they are infamous for using just about every trick in the book to work conservatives up into fits of irrational rage and fear.

That’s when he rolled various clips from Fox News where they blatantly fear-mongered about:

  • Class warfare.
  • A possible “anti-white” movement.
  • The government working to take away our guns.
  • Illegal immigrants.
  • That terrorists are crossing our border through Mexico.
  • A “war on Christianity.”
  • Possible welfare abuse.
  • President Obama either being a “king” or an “emperor.”
  • Our freedom slipping away.
  • That America’s best days are behind us.
  • Direct calls for Americans to be angry and “take their country back.”

The truth is that a huge part of what Fox News does is push fear, anger and irrational paranoia hoping to get conservatives (or pretty much anyone who’s watching) worked up about whatever propaganda they’re trying to perpetuate. As I’ve said in the past, they’re the fear-mongering propaganda machine that’s dividing this nation.

Which is why it’s completely hypocritical for them to blame the outrage some feel about the ongoing racial problems we have in this country on some kind of coordinated effort by “racial arsonists” to keep stoking the flames of racism – when they base a large portion of their network’s coverage on trying to make people terrified of just about damn near everything.

Stewart finished by saying of Fox News, “It almost makes you think that the crime that they’re really upset about over there isn’t race-pimping or race arson – it’s race plagiarism.”

Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:

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  • Rob Banks

    On the net, white teabagger boys are upset that the St Louis Rams receiving core, entered the field of play with their hands up……angry that blacks are surrendering, BEFORE they get shot.
    The nerve of those guys.

    • Marcotia deChutney

      Except that no evidence supports the notion his hands were up to surrender. It’s a false narrative. A dangerous narrative. A narrative that created a firestorm and burned down a city. Despite forensics and eyewitness testimony that the hands up surrender gesture never happened, liberals choose to ignore the science and the testimony. They want more bloodshed, destruction, and blight. Ferguson as a city is essentially dead. And white liberals on this blog pretend they’re not complicit in it.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        ^^^^ new regressive troll^^^ profile^^^ armed with typical regressive “half facts”

      • Charles Vincent

        Not really those facts are the ones actual media are reporting GO file a FOIA and get the transscripts from the grand jury and you will find out that what marcotia said is true.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        im not debating what are laid out as evidence or facts———— Im stating that he is a new troll profile
        stay with me Charles; I know U are one of the few intelligent people I banter with here!

      • Jim Bean

        Guess that makes three of us now. You got enough special characters on that keyboard to handle that?

      • Jim Bean

        Very well said.

      • Rob Banks

        “Except that no evidence supports the notion his hands were up”

        Nope. There is plenty of evidence Brown’s hands were up. Certainly enough to warrant a trial where cross examination and other evidence could be shown to a jury.

  • Jim Valley

    I’m not religious, but I can easily recognize Fox “News” as evil.

  • Macdoodle

    Time to forget the name Mike Brown and move on with our lives.Sick and tired of hearing about it.

    • Hugh Gaanus


    • regressive teaparty trash

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      or,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, “the secular war on Christmas”!!!!!

      • Marcotia deChutney

        regressive told his “girlfriend” that he was uncomfortable with a policeman shooting a felon who tried to steal his gun and rushed after him.

        His “girlfriend” told him that maybe they should both start seeing other men.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        ^^^ hey everyone^^^ up here^^^,,,,^^^^ another newly formed ^^^white trash regressive TROLL^^^^ profile^^^^^
        lets give him a warm liberal progressive round of applause!

      • Marcotia deChutney

        regressive: “Hands up, don’t shoot!

        Forensics, eyewitnesses, Grand Jury: ‘His hands were never up in surrender. This is fact.’

        regressive: None of that matters. Don’t bother me about facts and science.

      • regressive teaparty trash

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        awwww,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, da’ poor widdle troll faw down an’ go boom again?
        PRAISE ( dead jewish homosexual carpenter) JEEEESUS!

      • Marcotia deChutney

        “Burn this b*tch down!”

        You proud of that, regressive?

        This is who liberals are. These are the things they say. This is what they do. It’s a corrupt and diseased ideology that produces tax-cheating, misogynistic, adulterous creeps like you as their spokespersons.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        what exactly are all of you white trash regressive ( see: “conservative”) trolls ‘conserving’???
        lemme know,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,please be specific

      • Jim Bean

        I’m applauding. You turned three different shades on that jab.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        wrong again,,,,,,,,,,,,,, my gal loves me to the point she would marry me if I ask
        I do like how a non sexual aging loser (you) likes what he wrote
        poor jimbo,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, no sex; no sexy women to adorn him
        james; have you EVER had a slim big chested woman in your life because she wanted to be intimately with ya?

  • Vincent Regan

    I don’t know why somebody like saying the New York Times don’t investigate stuff that FOXNews says and Rush Limbaugh on what he says and investigate the lies that come every day

  • evelyn

    I normally love Jon Stewart, but I can’t really tell where he’s coming from here. Is he also ok-ing the riots as civil rights?

    • credulousdolt

      If you stick to what he says, no. His point, which he makes often, is that Fox reserves for itself the right to practice the very evil it denounces in others; and the others, ever since Obama’s election in 2008, have always been brown. They’re race baiters and class warriors of the first rank who make their money by decrying the assault on us po’ rich white folk by uppity brown folk.

      • evelyn

        Ok, I kept on watching and trying to make sense of it. He makes fun of them all the time, but I don’t know where he stands on all this. I was waiting for his own opintion.

      • Marcotia deChutney

        Don’t remember seeing any cities burn down from anything initiated by Fox News.

        Stewart plays the clown nose on/clown nose off routine nightly. That’s why it’s hard to know where he’s coming from.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        ^^^ brand new^^^ regressive troll^^^ profile^^^

      • credulousdolt

        oh, come on, its profile is at least 10 hours old. that’s many, many news cycles.

        i always try to remember what my dear mumsies used to say to me:

        it rubs the lotion on its skin,
        or else it gets the hose again

      • credulousdolt

        You know this, of course, so there’s really no point in mentioning it. And besides, you’re almost certainly a fucking idiot whose perfectly happy with the way things are going. But anyway: Fox is doing something much, much worse than burning down a city– and where did that happen, by the way? They’re tearing apart our critical faculties and our ability to engage in civil discourse.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        hes just a new troll; ala OY HUMID and scores of others,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,when Im bored I abuse them to the point where they leave everyone else alone and waste their time chasing me

      • Jim Bean

        No one needs to chase you. You’re everywhere. And then some.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        nah; im just where needed 2 annoy white trash regressives who don’t get ( ever) any quality females. SEX- natures finest exercize
        ……but it is reassuring that that description includes osteoporosites (???) such as you and he

      • Jim Bean

        They guy who says “you’re almost certainly a fucking idiot” worries that Fox is ‘tearing apart our critical faculties and our ability to engage in civil discourse.’

        You can’t make this stuff up. You can only experience it on a Liberal website or a mental institution.

      • credulousdolt

        Boy, what I wouldn’t give to have Nixon back. He might have been a paranoiac lunatic, but he governed about 10 yards to the left of this cold fish Obama and had a republican party around him that wasn’t filled with bible-thumping shitheads.

        Anyway. Hi, Skippy. You misunderstand. It’s quite possible to recognize that someone is, in fact, a fucking idiot and wish that he weren’t, and that you were able to talk to him.

        How about we drop the bullshit– your little wheedling, pissant bit of brilliance for starters– and call a spade a spade? The right– that would be you, I gather– including its various fringes, is rife with fucking idiots who have made it impossible to have any kind of reasonable conversation about anything substantive. Conversation itself is a sign of libtard elitism, and how dare someone not on the right be blunt and point out the evident imbecility and futility of the right’s program. You’re all a snake eating its own tail, which would bother me not in the least if the rest of us also didn’t live in the snake.

        Oh, the right can fan out and talk about darkies, socialism, the evils of the fed, more darkies, Obama the darkie, Eric Holder the darkie, Al Sharpton the darkie (and I think we can all agree that it would be better if he simply went away), decapitations by horrible wetbacks, Obama the fascist, Obama the socialist, Obama the marxist, Obama the imperial president, Obama the incompetent, Obama the sinister destroyer of All That is Good and Holy in Christendom, Obama the apologist for American exceptionalism– which now consists of febrile yammering about “freedom” and a few, half-hearted attempts at free-market laboratories masquerading as wars– Obama the filthy warmonger, Obama the elitist, Obama the evil community organizer, Obama the black muslim; and so on. The list is nearly inexhaustible.

        And libertarians, with their adoration of that dimwit Ayn Rand and her autophagous self-interest rubbish, who magically side with trigger-happy and sociopathic cops, who scream about government overreach and write nasty letters to congressmen when payment for their medicare scooters are refused; red state troglodytes who take money from blue states and then complain bitterly about the evil and jewishness of blue states and their money. Oh, it goes on.

        The horrible joke is the ineluctable fact that the right either has no idea what it means when it speaks, or knows perfectly well what it means and is confident in its tremendously cynical expectation that its own rank and file *won’t* understand what it means.

        The left, which is merely stupid and pathetic, can’t hold a candle to you. So take your mealy-mouthed little nothing of an attempt at commentary and pitch it somewhere else. I’m not impressed with your wit.

      • Jim Bean

        He was doing exactly what he was accusing Fox of doing – ginning up his base. He is not going to come down hard on looting and burning. Not ever.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        would that include when whites burn and loot over such socially important issues such as losing/winning sports events?

  • Joseph Mentor Nichols

    I honestly cannot think of a single reason why Brown should be alive today.

    You would think people would ditch that name asap and make room for actual stories such as Eric Holder.

    I think Stewart has hopped on the bandwagon and drank a bit too much of that Kool-Aid. He acts as if blacks are the only ones being shot. He also makes no mention of the fact that blacks in general are far more resisting and disrespectful toward law enforcement.

    People are really struggling to turn this into a race issue. In reality it’s simple. If you attack a police officer you are probably going to die. Regardless of race. Any officer who is going to abuse his use of force isn’t going to care about the color of your skin. They are drunk on power and control; not racism.