Jon Stewart verbally annihilated Fox News last night on The Daily Show, hammering the network for ignoring the full story on the Department of Justice’s reports about Ferguson. He also perfectly tied in their hypocrisy on Ferguson as it relates to their incessant coverage of Benghazi.
Earlier this month, the DOJ released two reports related to Ferguson; one report basically exonerated Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, while the other report detailed systemic problems within the Ferguson Police Department relating to, in part, disproportionately targeting African-Americans.
Not surprisingly, Fox News has made it a point to emphasize the report on Michael Brown, while basically giving no coverage to the report about the Ferguson PD.
“Despite their 24-hour schedule, they really only had time for the one report,” Stewart said.
He then played several clips of Fox News personalities trashing the “tsunami of misinformation” from Democrats and the media, and demanding that they apologize for “fanning the flames” and “rushing to judgement” since the DOJ eventually found that Michael Brown’s hands most likely weren’t up when he was shot.
Stewart seemed to understand exactly what they were saying – and he even seemed to agree.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if people who jumped to conclusions and peddled a false, divisive, anger-stoking narrative, had to apologize for misleading America?” he asked. “Here’s where the sh*t gets real.”
He then aired several clips showing how Fox News has been harping on Benghazi for two years, demanding people be held accountable for “lying” before any official investigation was even completed.
And he’s exactly right. Over the past few years, you could hardly turn on Fox News without putting up with some sort of outrageous commentary about Benghazi as the footage of the compound burning is shown on split-screen. As Stewart put it, it was almost like a never-ending “Fox News yule log” of burning compound footage.
Then finally after over two years of constant outrage, the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee released their report showing that Susan Rice didn’t lie, the administration didn’t ignore credible warnings, and there wasn’t a stand down order issued by the administration. In other words, Fox News pushed a false narrative for over two years in order to stoke anger and outrage among conservatives toward the Obama administration.
“All these elements in the two-year Benghazi ragegasm were… what do you call it?” Stewart asked. He then played back some of the same clips of Fox News personalities talking about the Michael Brown situation as a “tsunami of misinformation” and a rush to judgement.
And that’s when it came full circle. Stewart once again played a clip where Fox News personality Eric Bolling asked, “Why isn’t the media which peddled that narrative apologizing?”
“Yes! Yes! Why not? Yes! Oh, Eric, that’s so true!” Stewart shouted, clearly mocking how Fox News demanded apologies from the media for Ferguson while not apologizing for misleading America about Benghazi.
He wrapped up the segment with a perfect summation of their hypocrisy:
“They demand accountability for anger and divisiveness whilst holding themselves entirely unaccountable for their anger and divisiveness. For two years they used Benghazi as shorthand, as a symbol for the whole concept of a corrupt, lying, tyrannical, possibly murderous Obama White House – kind of like other people used “hands up don’t shoot” as a symbol for systemic racism.
And there’s really only one difference between the two phenomenon: Systemic racism actually exists.”
I’d highly recommend watching the excellent segment below, via Comedy Central:
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