Jon Stewart Slams Fox News on Poverty: Completely ‘F*cking Removed From Reality’ (Video)

fox-news-poor-you-knowNot many can tackle Fox News lies and hypocrisy better than Jon Stewart, and that’s exactly what he did last night in a scathing opening segment where he dismantled their views on poverty.

In case you didn’t hear, this week President Obama spent well over an hour at Georgetown University discussing poverty and income inequality. Well, during that discussion he took about 30 seconds to mention that the media, and in particular Fox News, often likes to portray the poor as lazy leeches just trying to sponge off the government.

Naturally, all Fox News cared about was his jab at the network, completely ignoring the very in-depth discussion that he was having about poverty in America.

“Just like students at a 4-hour commencement, Fox basically pays no attention until they hear their own names,” Stewart quipped.

He then proceeded to absolutely shred the network’s constant slandering of the poor, specifically targeting Fox Business Channel’s Stuart Varney who has spent a good chunk of his time on Fox’s airwaves bashing the poor. Though despite how often the conservative entertainment network has belittled impoverished Americans, many who work for Fox seem “shocked” that anyone would accuse them of specifically attacking the poor. 

“How f*cking removed from reality is Fox’s perception of their own coverage on poverty? The main defender of your network’s attitude towards those in poverty is the main offender,” Stewart said of Varney. “He does segments that would make Ebenezer Scrooge go, ‘Hey, take it easy, these are people we’re talking about.’”

“Are these glaring contradictions a product of lack of self-awareness, or cynicism, or stupidity, or evil?” he added. “I don’t know anymore, and I’m starting to lack a richness of f*cks.”

The segment really was one of the best ones I’ve seen from The Daily Show in quite a while. Whenever Stewart seems to take something personally, he seems to be at his best. You could tell by his tone and demeanor throughout the entire segment that he took this very personally.

And the truth is, both he and President Obama are absolutely right about Fox News and how they cover poverty. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity run some segment declaring how the plight of the poor has been grossly exaggerated and how most of them are just lazy moochers looking for a handout.

It’s absolutely disgusting.

But what baffles me the most is that millions of conservatives fall into this category of being poor and dependent upon government programs (the same people Fox News degrades) yet they still support these ignorant jackasses who try to demonize the poor and use them as scapegoats for many of the problems we face in this country. It makes absolutely no sense.

Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:

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  • GimmeSomeTruth

    Strong Conservative Christian/Family values??? The Anti-Christ is an ideology, and the Conservatives are the disciples. Wolves do dress in sheep’s clothing, as it has been demonstrated over and over by these lunatics. And yes, Conservatism is a mental disorder, Axis I and II.

    • bestfriend

      Politics as a religion and you’re a true believer. I wonder where that leads.

    • slpalmtree

      Please explain what about “Conservatism” is more mental than what you just said.

      • GimmeSomeTruth

        Studies has been conducted in folks with liberal ideologies and folks with conservative ideologies’ brains. The conclusion is that the amygdala of folks with liberal ideologies is of a “normal” size, while the amygdala of folks with conservative ideologies is abnormally “enlarged”. The amygdala controls feelings and emotions, amongst the, anger. The interference of anger in our problem solving process is negative. Conservative folks are unable to prepare rational algorithms, thus preventing them from rational problem solving. Their compromising skills are absent, in most cases. And yes, it is a mental disorder in the personality disorder category, characterized by delusions of grandeur and irrational thinking. And no. I am not making this up, nor am I putting down folks with conservative ideologies. I simply stated that it is a mental disorder, although not categorized in the DSM V.

      • slpalmtree

        It is my knowledge that this test/study was done on 90 British conservatived and liberals. Even an Obama candidate manager supports British conservatives simply because they are far more left in the UK than they are here in America. I’m having trouble linking a specific article I found with a chart to show just how different American vs British conservatives are, but I imagine if you’re smart enough to find such a study, you know how to use google to confirm this.

        The point here being, this study can’t have relevance in America because the sample comes from a different nation first off, with a small sample size, comparing the ideaological values of two opposite (American vs British) types of conservatism. This association maybe be true, but it is not statistically significant, especially because this test is not single variable. There is really no way to know what past events in a persons life led them to sway a certain way, whether it be their parents, an important life event, or anything else. Psychologically, the mind is too complex to narrow down the complete thought process to one portion of the brain, especially when that part of the brain is purposes in fight or flight responses, and generally doesn’t do much thinking unless there is high stress, anxiety, or fear. It is almost never associated with anger, but rather ways to keep the person alive.