Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart Brilliantly Shreds Fox News Over Its Benghazi ‘Rage-gasm’

The Huffington Post

When Jon Stewart retires from “The Daily Show” later this year, Fox News might be the first in line to throw him a party because being on the wrong end of his wrath night after night can’t be that much fun.

On Thursday, Stewart tore the “fair and balanced” news network to shreds over its repeated demands that Ferguson protesters and their supporters apologize in the wake of a Department of Justice report that found Michael Brown didn’t have his hands up when he was shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.

“The lesson Fox News is getting at is very clear,” said Stewart. “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?”

So how about Fox News and its “two-year rage-gasm” over Benghazi? As Stewart points out, a report from a Republican-led committee that cleared the Obama administration of just about every conspiracy theory Fox News has been pushing went largely ignored by the network.

Has Fox News apologized for its “tsunami of misinformation?”

Of course not — and, for now anyway, Stewart is still here to remind them of it.

Check out the clip above for the full take-down.

Stewart: Conservatives Suddenly Want Obama To Be ‘Powerful Muslim King’ (VIDEO)

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The subject was conservatives’ newfound adoration of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who, unlike the President, shows the proper hostility toward the Islamic State terror group (despite Obama launching roughly 2,000 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria).

“Ultimately what the right is saying is, ‘why can’t Obama be more like this powerful Muslim king?,'” Stewart said. “Which is weird.”

“Because, if I may say, that’s also been their biggest complaint about Obama!” Stewart said, rolling clips of Fox News hosts and guests calling the President a literal “king” and suggesting an unsavory allegiance to Islam.

“I thought you liked that!” Stewart shouted, pointing out that other conservatives, such as Rep. Louie Gohmet (R-TX) and Rudy Giuliani, have praised Egyptian dictator Gen. al-Sisi and Vladimir Putin, respectively.

“It’s kind of ironic, because if President Obama started acting more like any of the guys whose leadership you admire, pretty sure I know the first place he’d shut down,” Stewart said, flashing an image of the Fox News logo on screen.

Watch the clip, courtesy of Comedy Central…

10 things you need to know today: February 11, 2015

Jon Stewart | YouTube.com/MichaelRusch

The Week

1.Kayla Mueller’s family says it has received confirmation the ISIS hostage is dead
The family of Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State for 18 months, confirmed Tuesday that she is dead. ISIS saidFriday that Mueller had been killed when Jordanian warplanes bombed the building outside the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. The U.S. and Jordan questioned the Islamist extremist group’s account, but Mueller’s family received an email and photo last weekend that enabled intelligence officials to determine she had been killed.

Source: Reuters

2.Daily Show host Jon Stewart announces his departure
Jon Stewart said Tuesday that he would be stepping down as anchor of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show after 15 years as the “fake” news show’s anchor. “I’m going to have dinner on a school night with my family, who I have heard from multiple sources are lovely people,” Stewart said in an emotional farewell on Tuesday’s show. He said he would stick around until at least September. Stewart, 52, turned the already popular show into a source of cutting commentary on news makers and the media.

Source: The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly

3.Three young Muslim family members murdered in N.C.
Three young members of a Muslim family — Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, her husband Deah Barakat, 23, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19 — were found shot dead execution-style in their apartment near the University of Chapel Hill campus on Tuesday. A suspect, Craig Stephen Hick, 46, surrendered to police, and was charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Police did not disclose any theory about the motive, but Hicks has reportedly made anti-Muslim comments on his Facebook page.

Source: New York Daily News

4.NBC suspends anchor Brian Williams
NBC suspended Nightly News anchor Brian Williams late Tuesday for six months without pay over revelations that he had exaggerated events. The scandal began last week when Williams said a helicopter he traveled in while covering Iraq in 2003 was hit by enemy fire and forced to land. In truth, Williams was in a helicopter riding as much as an hour behind. Next, critics questioned details of his coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Williams said Saturday that he planned to take several days off.

Source: The Washington Post

5.New York cop indicted for manslaughter in killing of unarmed black man
A rookie New York City police officer, Peter Liang, was indicted for manslaughter on Tuesday for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a housing project stairwell. The second-degree manslaughter charge means that Liang is being accused of being reckless. He allegedly was opening a door with the same hand that was holding his gun when he accidentally fired, killing Akai Gurley, 28. Liang, 27, could get up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Source: New York Daily News

6.U.S., Britain, and France shut down embassies in Yemen amid rebel gains
The U.S. suspended operations at its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, on Tuesday due to security concerns. Britain did the same on Wednesday; France said its embassy would close Friday. The U.S. ambassador in Sanaa will reportedly leave the country by Wednesday. The news comes as Shiite rebels seized the Bayda province on Tuesday, shortly after they dissolved the parliament and took control of the government. Bayda is key for the Houthi rebels because it is a gateway to the country’s south and east, which they don’t yet control.

Source: The Associated Press, The New York Times

7.Judge might force Alabama holdouts to allow gay marriages
A federal judge on Thursday will hear a case that could compel local officials in Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for gay marriage to begin in the state, but most counties refused to comply with the decision. The dissonance prompted lawyers for same-sex couples to sue, and U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade — who issued the original ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban — agreed to hear the case.

Source: The New York Times

8.Three sentenced for hate-crime murder in Mississippi
Three white Mississippi men received sentences ranging from seven to 50 years in prison on Tuesday for their roles in the murder of a man who was targeted because he was black. The defendants all pleaded guilty to committing the 2011 hate crime. Deryl Dedmon, 22, received 50 years for running over an already beaten James Craig Anderson with his truck, fatally wounding him. Anderson and co-defendants John Rice and Dylan Butler were in a group that prowled Jackson harassing and attacking African Americans.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

9. Samsung counters critics, saying its smart TVs don’t eavesdrop
Samsung’s smart TVs got a double blast of unwanted publicity on Tuesday, as reports emerged that the sets were inserting short advertisements directly into video streaming apps, without the involvement of the app providers. That news came a day after a flurry of criticism over news that the TVs’ voice-recognition systems captured random conversations by users. Samsung said Tuesday that its smart TVs never eavesdrop.

Source: CNET, ComputerWorld

10.Alex Rodriguez apologizes to Yankees about Biogenesis scandal
Alex Rodriguez met with New York Yankees executives on Tuesday to apologize for his connection to the doping scandal surrounding the Biogenesis clinic. Rodriguez requested the meeting two years after his name was linked to the now-shuttered facility. “There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues,” Rodriguez and Yankees leaders said in a joint statement. “As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training.”

Source: USA Today

‘Daily Show’ trolls NYPD ‘slowdown,’ invites you to ‘sh*ttier New York’

Jon Stewart hosts ‘The Daily Show’ on April 1, 2014.

The Raw Story

Daily Show host Jon Stewart took a more optimistic tack on the news that New York City police were intentionally cutting down on arrests as part of a grudge against Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“A slowdown sounds so negative,” Stewart said on Thursday. “It’s really more of a public safety stay-cation, if you will. It explains the NYPD’s new motto: ‘To chill and reflect.’”

Stewart and correspondent Jason Jones, along with the “committee for a sh*ttier New York,” then invited viewers to visit the city, now that Jones could act like he was negotiating drug deals in full view of an officer without any hassle.

“Catch the spirit of the city’s old-world charm, and also some chlamydia,” Jones said over footage of himself wearing a cardboard box instead of pants and inviting a man to his one-man “peep show.”

The “new New York,” Jones said, opened up new business opportunities, like selling bootleg copies of Stewart’s movie, Rosewater, on the street.

“I tell you what — you buy American Sniper, I’ll give you two Rosewaters,” he told a prospective customer.

Stewart noted that police have cut down drastically on arrests for minor offenses following the fatal shootings of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos on Dec. 20, accusing de Blasio of disrespecting them.

But at the same time, he said, the “slowdown” happened just as the city is boasting an overall decrease in the crime rate.

“Burglary — down. Assault — down. Remember that giant ape, used to be on the skyscraper? Gone,” he explained. “The only thing we have to deal with now is the occasional koala ruckus, which is really one of the more adorable problems our city has.”

Watch Stewart and Jones’ take on the “new New York,” as posted online on Thursday, here.

Jon Stewart goes off on serious Garner case rant: ‘We’re definitely not living in a post-racial society’

A frustrated Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’ on Nov. 3, 2014 [YouTube]

The Raw Story

Even Daily Show host Jon Stewart found it hard to come up with anything funny to say on Wednesday in the wake of a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in connection with the death of Eric Garner.

“I don’t know,” Stewart confessed. “I honestly don’t know what to say. If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more f*cking time. But I would really settle for less f*cking tragedy, to be honest with you.”

What separated this case from the one involving Ferguson, Missouri officer Darren Wilson, Stewart said, was that grand jury in that case had to contend with conflicting accounts of his shooting and killing Michael Brown this past August. Yet the results were the same as in the Garner decision.

The fact that Pantaleo was not indicted despite being clearly seen on video grabbing Garner from behind in what the New York City Medical Examiner’s office later determined to be a chokehold, Stewart said, ran counter to the idea that requiring officers to wear body camera could cut down on encounters of this nature.

“I mean, maybe, to look at the bright side, we’re about to save ourselves a sh*tload of money on cop camera vests, but damn,” Stewart lamented. “We are definitely not living in a post-racial society. And I can imagine there’s a lot of people out there wondering how much of a society we’re living in at all.”

Stewart was so flustered, at one point he threw up his hands and yelled “F*ck” at the ceiling. However, he still managed to sneak in a jab at the cuisine at Arby’s.

“Arby’s: You think pain and grief are hard to digest,” he said sarcastically.

Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Wednesday, below.

Jon Stewart Perfectly Sums Up The GOP’s Closing Arguments

The Huffington Post

Election Day is here, and the Republicans are poised to win control of the U.S. Senate. For voters planning to head to the polls on Tuesday, “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart looked at what he called the GOP’s “closing arguments.”

On Monday night, Stewart played a series of clips from Republican campaigns that were focused on terrorism and Ebola.

“I thought that was a very powerful and cogent essayistic argument,” Stewart said. “Move over ‘hope and change’ and welcome ‘vote for us or get beheaded while pooping blood!'”

As Stewart learned, the Republicans aren’t just getting help from ads filled with fear. They’re also moving forward with voter ID laws that critics say make it more difficult for young, minority and female voters to cast their ballots. Of course, these Americans traditionally vote for Democrats.

Click here to see the clip…

Stewart vs. O’Reilly Showdown: Intense Battle over White Privilege

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Mediaite

Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly got together again Wednesday night for an intense debate about white privilege that came very close to turning into a shouting match.

A few months ago, O’Reilly had dismissed the idea of “white privilege” as a fantasy, and Stewart challenged him on that, practically starting the interview saying “I want you to admit that there is such a thing as white privilege.”

O’Reilly stuck to his argument about Asians doing well, therefore maybe Asian privilege exists, but Stewart argued “white males set the system.” O’Reilly shot back it’s ridiculous because there’s “no more slavery, no more Jim Crow,” and the president is black. Stewart argued the residual effects still exist today.

Things got really heated and O’Reilly and Stewart were practically yelling at each other at one point. Stewart asked him at one point, “Why so defensive about it?”

Watch the face-off below (extended version), via Comedy Central:

Video embed updated to include FULL interview…

Report: NBC Actively Pursued Jon Stewart To Host ‘Meet The Press’

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I haven’t watched MTP for years.  If Jon Stewart had accepted the job, I would have watched every week…

TPM LiveWire

Before settling on Chuck Todd, NBC executives seriously considered tapping Jon Stewart to serve as the new moderator of “Meet the Press,” according to a report from New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman.

Sherman cited “three senior television sources” who said that NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with the “Daily Show” host to take over the longtime Sunday morning program. The negotiations did not bear fruit, but it apparently wasn’t for lack of trying by NBC, Sherman reports:

One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually “anything” to bring him over. “They were ready to back the Brinks truck up,” the source said. A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment. James Dixon, Stewart’s agent, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Turness did not respond to TPM’s request for comment.

Todd debuted as moderator of “Meet the Press” last month after the show’s ratings had slipped precipitously under David Gregory. The show saw an initial ratings boost after Todd took over, but has since slipped back to third place behind rival programs on CBS and ABC.

Todd, for his part, tried to make light of the news on Twitter with a reference to the sign-off for both “Meet the Press” and the “Daily Show.”
If it’s Sunday, it’s your moment of zen.
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) October 8, 2014

Jon Stewart slams Congress for cravenly ducking debate on ISIS

Jon Stewart | The Daily Show

The Week

Maybe you’re not surprised that Congress is ducking a debate on the war against ISIS for what appears to be purely political reasons, and at this point, maybe you’re not even taken aback. Jon Stewart wants you to be taken aback. On Monday night’s Daily Show, he unfavorably compared Congress to Britain’s Parliament, which was called back into session by Prime Minister David Cameron last week to have a vigorous debate over whether the UK should join America’s ISIS bombing campaign.

Stewart doesn’t go into the differences between Britain’s parliamentary system and America’s separately elected legislative and executive branches — this is a comedy TV show, after all, not a seminar on comparative politics — but his point largely stands: America’s “legislators refuse to debate publicly one of the most crucial issues of our time, for fear that we will hear them.” He singles out House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who warns about President Obama’s handling of the imminent threat of ISIS “barbarians” but won’t call the House back to tackle that threat.

Congress’ excuse is that Obama didn’t ask them to debate the ISIS battle — Stewart isn’t buying it (as he mockingly notes in his Lindsey Graham voice, for some reason, before breaking out a pink magic wand). And the only person in Congress willing to explain the real, brazenly political motives is Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who lost a GOP primary and won’t be returning to Congress next year. “You know what, the rest of you motherf—kers either get back to Washington and debate and vote on this thing, or maybe it’s time to tell ‘mom’ we’re coming home,” Stewart concluded, pointing to a photo of Queen Elizabeth II.

Watch the episode here…

Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart explains why Joe Biden will never be president

Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart explains why Joe Biden will never be president

Salon

“It’s like Biden hasn’t been out of the house since 1962,” the “Daily Show” host observed

Despite vice president Joe Biden’s pop cultural appeal and feminist attitudes, Jon Stewart does not think Biden will be the Democratic candidate for the 2016 presidential election because “It’s like Biden hasn’t been out of the house since 1962.”

Biden, known for his affable, old man quirkiness, used racist terms and stereotypes in recent speeches, referring to Asia as “the Orient” and also used the term “shylock.” While Biden has apologized for the offensive language, Stewart opines that the damage is done.