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Jon Stewart, Back on ‘Late Show,’ Lets Loose on Fox News and More


When Jon Stewart appeared Monday on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” it was mostly to play comedic foil to that CBS host (and former Comedy Central colleague) in a sketch that featured Mr. Stewart soaking Mr. Colbert in spit-takes of water.

But on Thursday night, when Mr. Stewart returned to “The Late Show” in a live broadcast after the Republican National Convention, it was to breathe fire, in a vehement comic monologue about the 2016 presidential race, the hypocrisies of the news media and his old nemeses at Fox News.

In a 10-minute segment delivered from Mr. Colbert’s “Late Show” desk at the Ed Sullivan Theater and that more closely resembled the format of “The Daily Show,” Mr. Stewart interwove his acidic straight-to-camera delivery with edited television clips, fiercely criticizing the Fox News host Sean Hannity and other TV personalities who he says have bent over backward to support the Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump.

Taking aim at broadcasters and commentators who say they want their country back, Mr. Stewart said: “You feel that you’re this country’s rightful owners. There’s only one problem with that. This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was.”

A full transcript of the segment:

Well, the convention’s over. I thought Donald Trump was going to speak. Ivanka said that he was going to come out. She said he was really compassionate and generous, but then this angry groundhog came out and he just vomited on everybody for an hour. But the Republicans appear to have a very clear plan for America, and they’ve articulated it throughout the convention. One, jail your political opponent. Two, inject Rudy Giuliani with a speedball and Red Bull enema. And then, three, spend the rest of the time scaring the holy bejeezus out of everybody. But I’m not interested in that. I’m interested in gymnastics. With the Rio Olympics coming up, I’m enjoying the gymnastics portion of the program that’s about to occur. That would be the contortions that many conservatives will now have to do, to embrace Donald J. Trump, a man who clearly embodies the things that they have, for years, said that they have hated about Barack Obama.

[Montage of Fox News panelists calling Obama divisive, thin-skinned, authoritarian and narcissistic.]

A thin-skinned narcissist with no government experience. Yes. That sounds exactly like — Barack Obama. So now the right-wing media’s going to have to spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week, justifying this choice they’ve made. Can they make the turn? They already are. Let’s trace their journey through the eyes of one of their most talented gymnasts. [Photograph of Sean Hannity.] Um, uh, his name escapes me. Let’s just refer to him as Lumpy. Hey, Lumpy. For instance, here’s how Lumpy felt about Barack Obama’s divisiveness.

[Montage of Mr. Hannity describing divisions for which he blames Mr. Obama, including “black versus white” and “old versus young.”]

Cats versus dogs! Batman versus Superman! [Photographs of Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.] That one against the other two! I’ve been out of the business a while, I don’t know what that is. If you don’t like divisiveness, what about when Trump suggested Mexico is sending us their rapists? On Cinco de Mayo, we had the Trump Tower taco bowl, and that’s one of the healing-est meals on the Trump Tower menu. I’m not an expert on racial unity. But I do believe that some of our more vaunted historical leaders in that area did retweet white supremacists less than Trump. So I believe — I’m just saying. Then there was the Obama crony that Lumpy couldn’t stand. His old friend, Teleprompty.

[Clip of Mr. Hannity criticizing Mr. Obama’s use of teleprompters.]

He probably sleeps with the darn thing and then probably doesn’t call it the next day because it didn’t say so on the teleprompter. Lumpy, your 180, please.

[Clip of Mr. Hannity praising Mr. Trump’s use of teleprompters.]

You hate teleprompters! You’re saying now, “Teleprompters are for stupid people, and I thought Trump handled it pretty good.” O.K., inexperience aside. Divisiveness aside. The worst thing about Barack Obama is his elitism.

[Clip of Mr. Hannity asking how in touch Mr. Obama is with the average American, ordering a hamburger with Dijon mustard.]

Yeah, you elitist! You probably eat that burger with your mouth. Instead of acting like a real American and having a Magnum fire it up your ass. Like they serve them at Arby’s. That’s how they serve them, actually, at Arby’s. Meanwhile, here’s how Lumpy feels about the guy who sits in a literal golden throne at the top of a golden tower with his name in gold letters at the top of it, eating pizza with a knife and fork. How do you feel about that guy?

[Clip of Mr. Hannity describing Mr. Trump as a “blue-collar billionaire.”]

That’s not a thing. You know what? It is true, Trump does seem like the kind of guy you want sit down and own a fleet of airplanes with. Look, all that stuff is actually superficial and I’m sure it’s easy for people without ethics or principles to embrace someone who embodies everything that they said they hated about the previous president for the past eight years. Because, really for a president, it’s about what’s inside. And that’s where Lumpy and friends — that’s where they really have found the president lacking.

[Clip of Mr. Hannity criticizing the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. and saying he would not go to his church.]

Obama would. He’s the type of Christian that’s, you know, [whispers] not Christian. When the pope said that Trump’s talk about immigration was not Christian, surely that gave Lumpy pause.

[Clip of Mr. Hannity asking how the pope can decide if someone is a Christian in his heart.]

Yeah! Who died and made that guy pope? So let’s just say, for real, here’s where we are. Either Lumpy and his friends are lying about being bothered by thin-skinned, authoritarian, less-than-Christian readers-of-prompter being president. Or they don’t care, as long as it’s their thin-skinned prompter-authoritarian-tyrant-narcissist. You just want that person to give you your country back. Because you feel that you’re this country’s rightful owners. There’s only one problem with that. This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was. There is no real America. You don’t own it. You don’t own patriotism. You don’t own Christianity. You sure as hell don’t own respect for the bravery and sacrifice of military, police and firefighters.

Trust me, I saw a lot of people on the convention floor in Cleveland with their “blue lives matter” rhetoric, who either remained silent or actively fought against the 9/11 first responders’ bill reauthorization. I see you and I see http://cut%20for%20obscenity.

[Mr. Colbert says, “We’re live.”]

We’re live. Never been on a television show with stakes before. So I see you. You’ve got a problem with those Americans fighting for their place at the table. You’ve got a problem with that because you feel like — what’s Representative Steve King’s word for it? Subgroups of Americans are being divisive. Well, if you have a problem with that, take it up with the founders. We hold these truths to be self-evident. [Singing.] “That all men are created equal.” Respect, Lin-Manuel. Those fighting to be included in the ideal of equality are not being divisive. Those fighting to keep those people out are. So, Lumpy, you and your friends have embraced Donald Trump. Clearly, the “c” next to your names don’t stand for constitutional or conservative. But cravenly, convenient —— [Mr. Colbert interrupts with an air horn.]

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Jon Stewart to Join Stephen Colbert on ‘The Late Show’ for the Republican National Convention

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Everyone probably knows this information by now.  However, just in case you haven’t…(ks)


The former Comedy Central colleagues will reunite for Colbert’s two weeks of live episodes.

Jon Stewart just couldn’t stay away from this year’s election.

The former Daily Show host is set to take part in Stephen Colbert’s Late Show live episodes for the Republican National Convention, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. Stewart also will appear on the Late Show on Monday.

His role isn’t yet clear, but Colbert, the former Daily Show correspondent, has two full weeks planned for The Late Show on CBS covering both the Republican and Democratic conventions, which he has dubbed: “The 2016 Trumpublican Donational Conventrump” and “The 2016 Democratic National Convincing, A Technically Historic Event: Death. Taxes. Hillary,” respectively.

Colbert will broadcast live starting Monday, with on-site teams in Cleveland for the Republican convention and Philadelphia for the Democratic event. His guests for the two weeks of live shows include Senator Elizabeth Warren, John Oliver, Jeff Daniels, Keegan-Michael Key and former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner.

CBS declined to comment to The Hollywood Reporter.

by Jennifer Konerman

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Remember when Donald Trump tried to “out” Jon Stewart’s Jewish heritage in 2013?

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In 2013, Donald Trump had quite the burn for political satirist and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart: He called him by his birth name, Jonathan Leibowitz.

It was payback. Stewart had called Trump a “boiled ham with a wig” on The Daily Show,and in retaliation Trump seemingly tried to either shame Stewart for hiding his Jewish heritage or for being Jewish altogether — the motives are unclear. It’s important to note that in addition to the general prevalence of stage names, Stewart has also never hidden his Jewish heritage.

When Trump “outed” him, Stewart had the perfect comeback — equally as childish, and with a Daily Show–esque bite to it — exposing Trump’s real name: Fuckface Von Clownstick.

“LexisNexis will tell you that, and we wanted to know why he was running away from the Von Clownstick heritage,” Stewart joked earlier this May, three years after the incident, as a guest on David Axelrod’s podcast, The Axe Files.

Three years later, Stewart still had the perfect comeback for Trump, calling the presumptive Republican nominee a “man-baby.”

“I don’t even know if Donald Trump is eligible to run for president,” Stewart joked on The Axe Files. “This isn’t a birther thing. Are you eligible to run for president if you are a man-baby? He has the physical countenance of a man and a baby’s temperament and hands.”

Character is destiny, Stewart said, and he finds Trump to be “the most thin-skinned individual” — much more than the average politician.

“I don’t know that a man-baby can be president.”

It’s no surprise that Stewart, who has long been a Trump critic, had some choice words for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Their petty Twitter fight from 2013 proves Trump doesn’t have the resolve for the White House, he says.

“As you know, great leaders tweet,” Stewart said. “In fact, I remember Lincoln’s Gettysburg tweetstorm. … After the Gettysburg Address, he tweeted out, ‘Emancipate this, motherfucker.'”

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Jon Stewart: Trump Is A ‘Man-Baby’ With A Baby’s ‘Temperament And Hands’




Stewart criticized Trump during an appearance on “Axe Files,” a podcast hosted by David Axelrod, a former top advisor to President Obama. The former “Daily Show” host questioned Trump’s ability to run for the White House as a “man-baby.”

“He is a man-baby.” Stewart said, as flagged by Politico. “He has the physical countenance of a man, and a baby’s temperament and hands.”

Stewart went on to call him a “narcissistic asshole.” Stewart also threw some jabs to Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

“What I think about Hillary Clinton, I imagine to be a very bright woman without the courage of her convictions, because I’m not even sure what they are,” Stewart said, questioning her campaign’s genuineness.

Listen to Stewart:

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Jon Stewart Scores A Big Win For 9/11 Responders As Congress Will Reauthorize Health Fund

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Jon Stewart’s lobbying has paid off as Congress will extend the 9/11 responders health care fund for five more years as part of the omnibus spending bill.

Roll Call reported:

Another outstanding measure, one that would reauthorize health care spending for 9/11 responders, was on track to be added to the omnibus. Supporters, including comedian Jon Stewart, have been pushing Congress hard to take up the reauthorization, which expired earlier this year.

Negotiators are very close to a final agreement that would extend the Zadroga Act’s health fund to 2090, the office of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., told Roll Call.

The deal would provide for a five-year extension of the victims compensation fund, with $4.6 billion, with the agreement being included in the omnibus spending bill.

Stewart has lobbied Congress twice in the last four months to extend health care spending for 9/11 responders.

Less than two weeks ago, Stewart hammered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for holding up the funding for 9/11 heroes until he could get the ban lifted on oil exports. Stewart said, “The man has literally sponsored and touted the exact same bill for energy workers. I honestly just wish I could understand the rationale. That bill cost twice as much what they’re asking for these guys.”

The rationale is that Republicans were holding healthcare funding for first responders hostage, and using it as a bargaining chip to get a gift for Big Oil.

Jon Stewart isn’t on Comedy Central anymore, but he remains a powerful and forceful advocate for the causes that he believes in.

Some feel that Stewart deserves much of the credit for getting the original bill passed in 2010.
Politico summed up Stewart’s role in holding congressional feet to the fire:

Many advocates still credit Stewart with making the whole thing happen. After the segment aired, the Senate in the closing hours of its 2010 lame duck session ultimately approved a compromise five-year, $4.2 billion bill by a unanimous voice vote. House Democratic leaders about to relinquish their majority with the next Congress had to summon a couple of lawmakers back to Washington for the vote on final passage, which came about a week after Stewart’s segment aired.

“We call him the Christmas miracle of 2010,” said Scott Chernoff, a retired officer from the New York Police Department who was at the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11 and then spent about 300 hours working security at Ground Zero in its aftermath.

After he retired from The Daily Show, Jon Stewart could have walked away. Instead, he is fighting harder than ever for what is right, and if Republicans keep control of either the House and/or the Senate, Stewart may have to wage the same battle again in 2020-2021.

Jason Easley

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Watch Jon Stewart Shame Senate Republicans Over Stonewalling of 9/11 First Responders Bill


Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart exploded out of retirement on Thursday to deliver a stinging rebuke to Senate Republicans who he blamed for Congress’ failure to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act.

The act provided federally funded healthcare benefits to 9/11 first responders who suffered from ailments caused by exposure to ground zero debris. Despite the efforts of Stewart and a bipartisan group of backers, the act was allowed to expire in September and, without further intervention, will run out of money sometime next year.

“I cannot bring heroism or integrity to this process,” Stewart said during a press conference in Washington D.C. He was in the capital to take up the cause of the bill, which was dropped at the last minute from a recent highway bill. “I can only bring cameras, and hopefully a sense of public shame,” he said.

The bill first became law in 2011 and was named after New York Police Department officer James Zadroga who died of complications from a 9/11-related respiratory illness in 2006.

Source: Mic/YouTube

Stewart personally called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who he said was behind the stonewalling of the act’s renewal. The comedian cited the Republican’s previous support for a 2000 bill which granted free healthcare benefits to former employees of a nuclear power plant in Paducah, Kentucky, who were exposed to high levels of radiation in the 1950s and 1960s — McConnell even boasted about it in a 2014 campaign commercial. Stewart added that the cost of reauthorizing Zadroga would be $4.6 billion, less than half of what McConnell has funneled to his own state to pay for his program.

“How in good conscience can you deny them the very thing that you have proudly brought to the people of your state?” Stewart asked the crowd, the Daily News reported. “Please, personally ask [McConnell] that.” According to the paper, the Senator declined on Tuesday to comment about his roll in stopping Zadroga, but an aid said he was not the one behind it.

Source: Mic/YouTube

It’s not the first time Stewart has gone on a limb for the 9/11 bill. In 2010, amid the growing possibility the law would die under a Republican Senate filibuster, Stewart launched an impassioned campaign on the Daily Show to name and shame anyone who stood in its way. Stepping away from comedy, he even included a full segment interviewwith various first responders suffering conditions stemming from their 9/11 service. The bill was passed with many crediting Stewart’s advocacy as the deciding factor.

On Wednesday, 9/11 responder advocates met with McConnell who has reportedly promised that he would include Zadroga in an omnibus budget bill, if the money could be found to pay for it.

Now, without a nightly national platform, it remains to be seen whether Stewart’s calls will again carry the potency they did in 2010.

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Jon Stewart: “Bullsh*t Is Everywhere”


After 16 years of truth-telling, Jon Stewart’s final Daily Show was alternately caustic, touching and rowdy as he brought out scores of cameo stars, former targets and clearly-much-loved co-conspirators, the last of whom, Stephen Colbert, delivered an ad-hoc heartfelt tribute that brought Stewart to tears. Fittingly, he ended with an impassioned call for ongoing vigilance against the kind of omnipresent bullshit – eg: “Patriot Act” for “Are You Scared Enough to Let Me Look at All of Your Phone Records Act” – practised by so many of the political, corporate and media powers he long lampooned. “Whenever something’s been titled Freedom Family Fairness Health America, take a good long sniff,”  he said. “If you smell something, say something.” We’ll miss him.

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Kochs And ALEC Make War Against Americans And Pope Francis Public

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Power corrupts…absolute power corrupts absolutely


Republicans love wars, and over the past decade it appears it does not matter one iota who they are at war with; just so they get to wreak death and destruction on human beings. Oh it is true they love little more than waging war against Muslims on behalf of their ‘most favored’ nation, Israel, but because they are “the structurally violent segment of society,” they also love waging war on Americans. Part and parcel of the Republican war on Americans is borne of their godly devotion to the Koch brothers and their dirty fossil fuel industry, but now the Kochs have abandoned working behind the scenes and are openly expanding their war against the people and the Pope.

The final straw was the official adoption of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan this week that incited the enemies of clean air, the economy, the Pope, and the people prepared their substantial forces to prevent America from reducing the amount of carbon it produces to stem the devastation of anthropogenic climate change. The war became official when at long last, mainstream mediareported that the Koch brothers’ legislative arm, the American Legal Exchange Council (ALEC) and Americans for Prosperity openly vowed to “stop the CPP’s implementation” at all costs.

The Washington Post reported that the Kochs’ and their fossil fuel industry underlings intend on launching a rash of initiatives at the state and local level to stop the CPP implementation in Congress, the courts, and state legislatures and country governments. At the local level, the Koch brothers directed their legislative arm ALEC to convene a special task force comprised of fossil-fuel interests and electricity producers. The Koch task force rapidly “approved model legislation to be sent to state and local governments around the nation giving them ‘special authority’ to ‘expedite approval of resources to challenge the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.”

Expedite approval of resources is typical ALEC-speak for legislation giving Republicans unchallenged authority to transfer taxpayer dollars allotted for education, transportation, and healthcare into a giant legal fund to challenge, and block, CPP implementation in the courts; all to keep those same taxpayers breathing foul air and suffering harsher droughts, more intense, larger wildfires, and more severe weather events. Americans should never making the mistake of thinking the Kochs are at war solely with the Obama Administration or the Environmental Protection Agency although they are prime targets; this war is fundamentally against the American people who will be around long after the Obama Administration is termed out. However, the people should not feel they are being singled out by the Kochs; the oil magnates have also publicly opened up a battle front against Pope Francis over his audacity of hope that world governments will address climate change.

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Jon Stewart Ends 16 Years With One Last Rant About ‘Bulls**t’ (VIDEO)


In other news: Jon Stewart has left the building but before leaving he had this to say…


“Bullshit is everywhere,” Stewart said. “There is very little you will encounter in life that has not been, in some ways, infused with bullshit, not all of it bad. General day-to-day free range bullshit is often necessary or at least innocuous.”

Bullshit, he said, comes in three different flavors: making bad things sound good, complexity and the bullshit of infinite possibility.

These kind of bullshitters are getting lazy though, Stewart said.

“These bullshitters cover their unwillingness to act under the guise of unending inquiry. We can’t do anything because we don’t yet know everything. We cannot take action on climate change until everyone in the world agrees gay marriage vaccines won’t cause our children to marry goats who are going to come for our guns,” Stewart said.

Listening and detecting bullshit, he said, is a good pastime.

“I say to you tonight friends the best defense against bullshit is vigilance,” Stewart said. “So if you smell something, say something.”

Watch Stewart’s final, yet understated, rant below:


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A Daily Dozen of Jon Stewart’s Best Moments


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JAN. 11, 1999

Stewart hosts his first Daily Show episode, with guest Michael J. Fox. Correspondent Stephen Colbert reports on merchandise inspired by Bill Clinton’s ongoing impeachment trial.

JULY 17, 1999

Comedy Central announces that The Daily Show will helm the network’s “Indecision 2000″ presidential-race coverage. The show’s commentary on the election wins a Peabody Award.

SEPT. 20, 2001

Stewart shows his earnest side, abandoning satire in his first show after 9/11. He memorably opens the program by asking viewers, “Are you O.K.? We pray that you are, and that your family is.”

NOV. 4, 2001

The Daily Show wins its first of 20 Emmys, for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program.

OCT. 15, 2004

Stewart drops by CNN’s Crossfire to promote America (The Book). He winds up excoriating hosts Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala for failing to provide useful public discourse. He implores them to “Stop hurting America.”

NOV. 7, 2005

Barack Obama first appears on the show via satellite, as a U.S. Senator from Illinois. He is a guest six more times, as a Senator, presidential candidate and President.

MARCH 12, 2009

Stewart interviews Mad Money host Jim Cramer about the financial crisis and accuses him of shoddy reporting. Cramer defends himself but says, “We all should have seen it more.”

OCT. 30, 2010

Stewart and Colbert host the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall, with more than 200,000 in attendance.

FEB. 23, 2011

Stewart interviews Donald Rumsfeld about the Iraq War, beginning the conversation with two words: “Apology accepted.”

JUNE 10, 2013

John Oliver steps in as host of The Daily Show for the summer (32 episodes), as Stewart takes a 12-week break to direct his feature-film debut, Rosewater, about a journalist imprisoned in Iran.

FEB. 10, 2015

Stewart announces his forthcoming retirement: “In my heart I know it is time for someone else to have that opportunity.”

AUG. 6, 2015

Stewart hosts his final episode before passing the reins to South African comedian Trevor Noah, who is set to take over on Sept. 28.

This appears in the August 17, 2015 issue of TIME.