Jon 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: