Not 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: