Fox News Distortions · Jon Stewart · President Obama

Fox News: We don’t call the poor “leeches.” Jon Stewart: Let me Google that for you!


Fox News deludes itself about its stance on poverty following some apt commentary from President Obama about the negative depiction of poor people in the media.

After President Obama made some of the most interesting comments of his career at a Georgetown University panel on poverty Tuesday, I worried that the only thing liberals would take from the event was that Obama accused Fox News of calling poor Americans “sponges” and “leeches.”

But now I have another theory. Is it possible that Obama, playing a game of eleventy-dimensional chess, attacked Fox News because he knew they’d overreact — only to set up the most damning Daily Show supercut ever?

Because that is what the president — and America — got.


Jon Stewart · The Daily Show

Jon Stewart unloads on Fox News in exclusive: “Watching these channels all day is incredibly depressing … I live in a constant state of depression”

Jon Stewart unloads on Fox News in exclusive: "Watching these channels all day is incredibly depressing ... I live in a constant state of depression"
Jon Stewart (Credit: Comedy Central)


In amazing new interview, Stewart details why he’s leaving, whether he’d ever watch Fox again, and biggest regret

Jon Stewart opens up in a terrific new interview with The Guardian, conducted before and after the announcement that he’ll leave “The Daily Show” this year. It’s the most wide-ranging conversation he’s had since then and gets into his mindset about the 2016 election, his “heartbreak” over a tough Barack Obama interview, and what he’s thinking about for his future.

(The occasion of the interview is the British release of his film “Rosewater.”)

He also has a frank, frightening assessment of Fox News — and a straight answer about whether he’ll ever watch the network again after he leaves the “Daily Show chair.”

Here are the highlights. The whole interview can be found here.

On why he’s leaving “The Daily Show”:

“It’s not like I thought the show wasn’t working any more, or that I didn’t know how to do it. It was more, ‘Yup, it’s working. But I’m not getting the same satisfaction.’ … These things are cyclical. You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and it’s OK. But the cycles become longer and maybe more entrenched, and that’s when you realize, ‘OK, I’m on the back side of it now.’”

On what he’s likely to do in the future:

“I would do what I’m doing. Whether it’s standup, the show, books or films, I consider all this just different vehicles to continue a conversation about what it means to be a democratic nation, and to have it written into the constitution that all men are created equal – but to live with that for 100 years with slaves. How do those contradictions play themselves out? And how do we honestly assess our failings and move forward with integrity?”

On what it’s like watching that much Fox News:

 “Watching these channels all day is incredibly depressing. … I live in a constant state of depression. I think of us as turd miners. I put on my helmet, I go and mine turds, hopefully I don’t get turd lung disease.”

Would he ever watch Fox News again:

“(L)et’s say that it’s a nuclear winter, and I have been wandering, and there appears to be a flickering light through what appears to be a radioactive cloud and I think that light might be a food source that could help my family. I might glance at it for a moment until I realize, that’s Fox News, and then I shut it off. That’s the circumstance.”

His biggest “Daily Show” disappointment is not pinning down Donald Rumsfeld in an interview:

“He just went into the general gobbledegook. … I should have pushed, but he’s very adept at deflecting. … That interview with Rumsfeld went shitty, but it’s still just an interview. He’s the one who has to live with the repercussions of what he really did, so there’s nothing that could happen on my show that carries that same level of regret.”

Salon Staff

2016 Hopefuls · Jon Stewart

‘Are you f*cking kidding me?’: Jon Stewart mocks NRA and GOP freak-out over Hillary Clinton’s candidacy

Jon Stewart mocks Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on ‘The Daily Show’ on April 13, 2015. [Crooks and Liars]

The Raw Story

Jon Stewart opened The Daily Show on Monday by chiding Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other conservatives for their responses to Hillary Clinton’s official entry into the presidential race.

Despite preparing for the former secretary of state’s announcement “since 1978,” Stewart said, the best Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) could offer was a pseudo-dystopian attack ad, while Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus was handing out thumb drives.

But even that, the host argued, was better than Cruz releasing a short online video criticizing Clinton for representing “the failed policies of the past.”

“Are you f*cking kidding me?” Stewart asked. “Rand Paul’s got Saatchi and Saatchi on the case. Priebus is manufacturing premiums, and you’re banging out a quick Vine on what looks like the set of a 1970s porno shoot?”

But Cruz’s real secret, Stewart joked, was that he was actually holding a panda’s severed head under the camera.

“I knew it,” Stewart said. “First time I saw Cruz I said to myself, ‘I bet that guy chops up pandas.’ He taped that in his panda-chopping dungeon. Nut.’”

Stewart also mockingly impersonated National Rifle Association executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre’s apocalyptic warning to his group’s members last week that electing the former secretary of state would put Americans through “a permanent darkness of deceit and despair.”

“And when you and your children are walking this haunted wasteland, feasting on the bodies of the dead, crying out to God to save you from your cursed existence, you will rue the day you voted for a center-leftish establishment Democrat,” Stewart exclaimed before breaking character and adding, “Holy sh*t.”

Stewart joked that Clinton’s online video announcing her candidacy looked like “a State Farm ad gone viral.” He also noted that the former first lady’s plan to drive from New York to Iowa marked a departure for her.

“That’s a refreshing change from her 2008 strategy, ‘Shut up I’m talking,’” Stewart observed.

Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted by Hulu, below.

Jon Stewart · The Daily Show · Trevor Noah

How Trevor Noah will transform the Daily Show, explained in 7 of his funniest clips

If you’ve never seen this man perform, the clips below will let you see just why he was tapped to be Jon Stewart’s replacement on The Daily Show, the clips following this article will allow you to see why he was chosen to replace Stewart.


In December, when The Daily Show introduced its newest correspondent, Trevor Noah, audiences did not realize they were meeting Jon Stewart’s eventual replacement as host. Many Americans likely did not know him at all.

Comedy Central, which is appointing Noah to take over as The Daily Show‘s new host, is banking that Americans will not only forgive Noah for being quite different from Stewart, but will come to love the comedy style that has already earned him a large following abroad.

What follows is a brief introduction to Noah, as well as to some of the work that has made him so popular and that will make his tenure at The Daily Show a fresh and perhaps invaluable contribution to how we talk — and joke — about race and nationality.

The one clip that shows what makes Trevor Noah great

Watching this bit from Noah’s 2013 show in London, where he talks about his upbringing and about coming to America for the first time, is by far the best way to understand his comedy and what makes it both great and potentially perfect for The Daily Show.

Noah, in just a few minutes, jokes about being a South African, about growing up during apartheid, and about having a white father and a black mother, all of which then becomes the lens through which he — and his audience — see the US for the first time. (He also does the greatest Adolf Hitler impression I have ever heard.)

As a foreigner, someone with no stake in American racial identities, Noah’s different perspective lets him talk about American racial issues as the hapless but curious outsider. He uses this to wonderful effect in the above clip (about three minutes in) when he anticipates how when he comes to the US, he’ll be treated as simply black rather than as “mixed” or “colored” as he was in South Africa. “I’m gonna get a piece of that black,” he says.

Noah riffs at length about issues of race and identity, topics that are not exactly new to American comedy, using his personal background as the premise. It’s less threatening because he doesn’t have as much of a personal stake. And he’s looking at American issues from a totally different angle. That allows his viewers to see them from a totally different angle, and that’s powerful.

You’ll also notice something: the more Noah wades into his personal history or into highly sensitive issues (what could be more sensitive than the legacy of apartheid?), the lighter his comedic style becomes. He gets sillier and more self-effacing, and the audience responds by letting its guard down. That’s been essential for allowing Noah to take on such thorny topics, and it’ll be even more important for him as he takes over The Daily Show‘s now-institutionalized platform for satirical political commentary.

Teasing Americans as a foreigner could help them see what they otherwise might not

Continue reading and viewing more clips here…

Fox News Fail · 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.

Fox News Fail · Jon Stewart · President Barack Obama

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

Screenshot | Comedy Central

TPM LiveWire

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…

Jon Stewart · NYPD

‘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.

Eric Garner · Jon Stewart

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

Jon Stewart Burns GOPers Freaking Out Over Obama’s Executive Action (VIDEO)


TPM LiveWire

Host Jon Stewart began with the “weird magic” of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who on Sunday tried to convince “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd that a GOP-driven shutdown would be Obama’s fault:

TODD: “You think the President would be shutting down the government?”

JINDAL: “Oh, absolutely I do.”

TODD: “So you do want Republicans to fight him on this to the point where it could shut down the government.”

JINDAL: “I don’t think the President should shut down the government.”

“It’s like watching a non-Jedi try a Jedi mind trick,” Stewart quipped.

Next Stewart rolled his eyes at former Massachussetts governor and ex-presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who said with no apparent irony that Obama lost the midterm elections and “the American people spoke loud and clear.”

“You know,” Stewart said, descending into pig-latin, “I remember the American people saying quite clearly a few years back, ‘ix-nay on the itt-May, and yet here you are on the elevision-tey, talking it-shay.”

“But you know what, I apologize, you look great, what’s your secret?” he asked Romney. “It’s probably not being President.”

See video here…

Jon Stewart

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…