Jon Stewart Tears Apart Fox News’ Ignorance on Racism (Video)

stewart-fox-news-racismIt’s no secret that Fox News has built quite a reputation for not only helping fuel racism, but on many levels either downplaying or flat-out denying that racism is still even an issue. I can’t count how many times I’ve had a conservative tell me that racism is no longer an issue because we elected our nation’s first black president.

Let me go ahead and address that stupidity before moving on. First let’s clarify something: “We” didn’t elect our nation’s first black president, liberals elected our nation’s first black president. When it comes to conservatives and the Republican party as it relates to electing African-Americans, there are exactly three (out of 299 total Republicans) representing the GOP in Congress. In other words, about one percent of the Republicans in Congress are African-American.

And here’s a “fun fact”: Republicans had twice as many African-Americans serving in Congress in 1871 (6) as they do now.

So, no, the fact that liberals elected our nation’s first black president does not mean “racism is no longer an issue” – especially considering the amount of racism that’s been tossed his way since being elected.

Well, as most of us know, one of the driving forces behind a lot of that racism has been the conservative media, in particular Fox News. And just like they normally do, some over on the conservative entertainment network were quick to try to downplay the racism element in the horrific shooting that left nine African-Americans dead in Charleston, South Carolina.

Needless to say, Jon Stewart did what he has often done and absolutely hammered Fox News’ ignorance.

He addressed the accusation by the network that liberals were suffering from a “sickness” by trying to politicize the shooting.

“Yes. It’s a sickness, this rush to use tragedy to advance your narrative,” Stewart said. “Combine that with an inability for self-examination, an almost comical degree of self-exculpatory rhetoric, flag pins, a little bit of leg, and a complete immunity to irony, you’ve got yourself a full-blown case of Foxabetes.”

Now, to be fair, there have been some aspects of the liberal media that have clearly used this tragedy to try to drive an even bigger wedge between Americans all for the sake of page clicks, ratings or revenue. Heck, the night of the shooting I wrote an article calling out some of those in the media for trying to divide us almost immediately as the news broke about this shooting.

But as the saying goes “two wrongs don’t make a right” and the conservative media has been every bit as guilty of trying to politicize this tragedy as a few in the liberal media have.

Perhaps the best part of the segment came when Stewart addressed the culture of Charleston, South Carolina.

“You can’t spit your tobacky in Charleston without hitting a public monument to the glorious days of slavery,” he said. “Because in the context of Charleston’s extensive Confederate porn industry, the flag is just the money shot. That town is like Confederate Epcot.”

And as someone who’s lived in the South my whole life, I can attest to the fact that for many down here the Confederacy is looked upon with respect and honor as opposed to shame and embarrassment, which is what we should all feel about the largest treasonous uprising in our nation’s history.

It’s just a damn shame it took the slaughtering of nine innocent lives last Wednesday before some finally realized that it’s time we stop “honoring” one of the most shameful periods of American history.

Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Hildabeast

    Cant wait until this comedian is off the air for good.

    • Jillz

      Yeah, I know. The truth hurts, doesn’t it? Thank God, that when Jon Stewart goes off the air, there will be hardly anyone left on TV providing trustworthy news. It will be so much more convenient – one less person calling FOX out on their lies and hypocrisy!

    • frivolous01

      I’m sure you can’t; he has been a voice of reason and intelligence, and that’s the last thing anyone on the right wants.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      It must be difficult for you to hear the truth from Jon Stewart about your screwed up values and hypocrisy while America collectively laughs….

      • Dennis

        Please get up off your knees and wipe your mouth off, Jon Stewart is not your master.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Your fantasies have little merit here.

      • Dennis

        Care to comment on the weird obeisance to Jon Stewart on this blog from both the blog owner and his loyal followers?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Sure, he’s funny and points out pathetic GOP hypocrisy and millions of people like what he does and what he stands for. What is your problem with that? Are you just mad that he points out faults with the GOP in a way that makes people laugh? I think it’s strange you don’t find him funny or have an appreciation for him.

        Why don’t conservatives ever find an answer to his delivery? Fox has tried various times with zero success. Why is that? Do conservatives just not get humor because of being dropped on their heads at an early age? Or is it that there is something just not firing right that prevents them understanding humor….

      • noah vail

        oh, dennis, youve got nerve to talk like that after all the fun i had when you saw the mistletoe on my belt buckle

      • Dennis

        That wasn’t me and it wasn’t mistletoe, noah. You got drunk on Mogen David remains from other peoples’ cups at a Christmas party and you painted your three pubic hairs green, then you passed out and started playing with yourself, dreaming it was another guy. That happens at your age.

      • noah vail

        “Please get up off your knees and wipe your mouth off, Jon Stewart is not your master.”….that wasn’t you??,,,,and you do seem to be an expert on older men’s sexual activity…first hand knowledge i would surmise…lmao

    • FD Brian

      it must be difficult to be face palmed nightly by a Jew, you hate them too right?

    • PRIME79

      Why’s that?

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    Great article Allen! The statistic cited that republicans had twice as many African Americans serving in congress in 1871 (6) as they do now is something the GOP will never come to grips with. How do you explain that teabaggers? I wonder what they will do when Rush isn’t around to tell them what to think….

  • Dennis

    The love for Jon Stewart here is downright embarrassing.

    • PRIME79


    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      care to comment on WHY the GOP has only 3 African Americans out of 299 seats in congress? Why do you suppose that is? Why is it that no conservatives are funny or have a sense of humor? Is there something wrong with their/your brain(s)?

      • Dennis

        Maybe a lot of them don’t care for the peer pressure out in them by both white and black liberals calling them Uncle Tom’s. White-guilt liberals are especially fond if doing that. They pretend to be down with the cause, and fashion themselves as little Rachel Dolezal’s.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        LOL…. “a lot of them”….where do you get your statistics? Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh…. Or maybe you have talked to “a lot of them”. Take your racist butt back to stormfront or which ever rock you crawled out from under.

      • Dennis

        You’re an idiot, CS.

        A certifiable bonehead.

        Any Republican person of color who runs for office you call a token, then you dare to question why more persons of color aren’t in office in the Republucan party.

        In typical Sharptonian fashion, you play both sides of the race-baiting game.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I call them a token…..? well then you’ve got it all figured out then…LOL…I can’t believe people like you exist today.

      • Dennis

        You imagine caricatures, then declare you can’t believe they exist.