Jon Stewart Explains How Fox News Misinforms Through Editorial Bias

ProudProgressive 2011/06/28 21:06:24

Jon Stewart Explains How Fox News Misinforms Through Editorial Bias

June 28, 2011

By Jason Easley

On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart explained how Fox News uses editorial bias to misinform, and Fox News responded today by calling Stewart a propagandist and a bully.

Here is the video from The Daily Show:

Stewart said, “I make fun of conservatives or Republicans because I am a liberal, partisan, ideologue. I make fun of liberals or Democrats because I want as part of my brilliant yet, cynical strategy, to maintain enough credibility to continue making fun of conservatives and Republicans, and that narrative of conservative victimization is the true genius of what Fox News has accomplished. Any editorial judgment in news, or schools or movies that doesn’t favor the conservative view is evidence of liberal bias. Whereas any editorial judgment that favors the conservative view is evidence merely of fairness and is done to protect them from liberal bias, and if you criticize for Fox for this game, guess what that is evidence of? How right they are about how persecuted. It is air tighter than an otter’s anus.”

Stewart wrapped up the segment by saying that Chris Wallace once used a term to describe the Obama administration, and played a clip of Wallace calling the administration crybabies.

Fox News responded on Fox and Friends today:

Fox News had on Steven Crowder who claimed that Stewart is a man who, “looks to propagandize information, regardless of it being false in order to continue the narrative that he set with his audience regarding conservative, and by the way, he’s a bully. He only picks fights that he knows he can win, with Chris Wallace or with you guys, and not that you are too weak to defend yourselves, but the second you fire a shot back over the bow, well guess what, he’s a comedian now. Puts on his comedian hat, and makes a wiener joke. It’s a moving target you can’t hit. You can’t win the fight, and that’s the only reason engages.”

Fox News then played Stewart’s Herman Cain joke as their evidence of his bias. Ok, Fox News. I’ll see your Herman Cain joke and raise you 24 hours of daily programming, 365 days a year. Fox News is always trying to tilt the discussion away from their own bias, by claimed that a biased comedian on a comedy network is the real problem.

The problem isn’t the cable news network that tries to hide their bias by pretending to be, “fair and balanced.” Nope, the problem is not the biased network that misinforms millions of people every single day. The real problem is the guy with the comedy show who jokes about the obvious bias and misinformation of the pretend fairly and balanced news network.

Fox News feels so threatened by Jon Stewart that they are out to discredit him. Their fear is justified. Stewart is teaching his audience how to see through media misinformation, which is a direct threat to Fox. The Stewart/Fox News relationship had been mutually beneficial. Jon Stewart’s appearances on Fox News bring younger viewers to the channel who would never normally watch the network, and Stewart got to be a hero with his audience by standing up to Fox in their own backyard.

Since the Wallace interview, the relationship has taken a different tone. Fox News tried to play gotcha with Stewart, and he responded by increasing his attacks on FNC’s bias and misinformation. Fox News should feel threatened by Jon Stewart. They have the oldest audience in all of television. He has one of the youngest.

Fox News needs those young viewers for their long term survival, but they realize that as long as he is out there every night exposing their misinformation, that is never going to happen. The result is this nasty campaign to reveal Stewart’s “secret liberal agenda.”

Steven Crowder did make one accurate point.

This thing with Jon Stewart is a battle that Fox News can never win.

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  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2011/06/28 22:06:30
    Fox is using the time-worn psychological defense mechanism of projection. What Fox is saying about Stewart is, indeed, how they feel about themselves.

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  • Richard 2011/07/17 01:53:16
    AND THIS FROM THE "PROPAGANDA MISINFORMATION" KING OF AMERICA!?!! ("ROBERT SHAW: "There are two kinds of people in this world, those that enter a room and turn the television set on, and those that enter a room, and turn the television set off,...THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE 1962') -[GUESS WHICH ONE I AM?]- "HUMM?"
  • T J 2011/07/08 04:52:28
    T J
    Is Steven Crowder even a comedian? Has anyone seen a standup rountine by him?
  • Bastion 2011/06/29 14:18:11
    "Terrorist fist-bump". -that's all I needed.

    terrorist fist-bump terrorist fist bump
  • Captain Foxhound BN0 2011/06/29 05:44:27
    Captain Foxhound BN0
    Anyone with half a brain knows that Fox is fair and balanced.
    brain fox fair balanced fox news fair and balanced
  • Captain... Captain... 2011/06/29 16:21:15
    Captain Foxhound BN0
    Those of us with a whole brain know better. lol
  • Bill Captain... 2011/12/01 13:33:40
    From Ed Schultz on MSNBC: The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse!

    Now, THAT'S fair and balanced.
  • Richard Captain... 2011/07/17 03:25:18
  • Bill Captain... 2011/12/01 13:33:14
    From Ed Schultz on MSNBC: The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse!

    Now, THAT'S fair and balanced.
  • Teancum79 2011/06/29 02:09:29
    LOL Jon Stewart is complaining of bias. This is like the Nazi's fighting complaining of mistreatment of prisoners.
  • big bobber 2011/06/29 00:44:51
    big bobber
    man this man is the spokesman for our youth with his stupid humor..we are lost as a nation when these kids take over and beleive in jon stewart and the crao he puts out...its like i walked in my kids when they were just out of high school and they were rolling on the floor belly laughting and i said whats so funny and theywere laughn=ing at this guy on some stipid t show puking his guts out..that is their humor..manwere done for when these people take over the reins of the country ..although now that i think of it they are in control.now
  • Kaleokualoha 2011/06/29 00:32:22
    Former News Corp. President Peter Chernin admits in a new TV special on Rupert Murdoch that some Fox News shows are not meant to be "factual."

    The newest episode of Bloomberg TV's Game Changers, slated for 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, profiles News Corp. Chairman Murdoch, whose media empire includes Fox News, and interviews several former News Corp. employees. Promotional material for the program quotes Chernin as saying of Fox News:

    "There's news on Fox News, which I happen to believe is very neutral and moderate and presented fairly. And then there's the talk and opinion shows which no one ever pretends are news and factual. And Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity are clearly people on the right side of the spectrum but they are always presented as such."
  • Louis Shipman 2011/06/28 23:42:29
    Louis Shipman
    He's right Fox news does use editoral bias. But so does CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC and the New York Times. The only differance is that Fox does it on the other side of the political isle. As a matter of fact Stewart himself used editoral bias when he did his routine about Herman Cain. Cain was talking about a 2700 page healthcare bill that no none in congress read or understood before passing it. Or in the famous words of Nancy Pelosi we must pass the bill before we know whats in it. Or the words of John Conyers of course we won't read the bill we would need a staff of lawyers to explain it to us. Cain was making a statement on how he would simplify the process a make it easier for the average american to understand what congress is passing into law.
  • dave b 2011/06/28 23:32:41
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    Its so funny how PP whines about bias on the right, yet every one of his links to his posts are from leftwing biased sites.
  • Bastion dave b 2011/06/29 14:22:52
    I can only hear whining from the right - from the left, I hear laughter. It's pretty amazing - the right in America is providing both a frightening march toward fascism, AND a slapstick comedy show.
    It's kinda like (apologies to Godwin) a nazi clown act.

    fascism slapstick comedy kinda apologies godwin nazi clown act
  • dave b Bastion 2011/06/29 19:00:15
    dave b
    Blah blah blah. Whatever.
  • Bastion dave b 2011/06/29 19:02:23
  • dave b Bastion 2011/06/29 23:46:55
  • Bastion dave b 2011/06/30 00:22:49
  • ptete in left I trust ~ POT... 2011/06/28 22:53:14
  • Bill ptete i... 2011/12/01 13:34:54
    From Ed Schultz on MSNBC: The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse!

    Now, THAT'S fair and balanced.
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2011/06/28 22:06:30
    Fox is using the time-worn psychological defense mechanism of projection. What Fox is saying about Stewart is, indeed, how they feel about themselves.
  • Richard ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2011/07/17 13:11:40
    Wow what new designer drugs are you on? Oh' or it it a New Age God your worshipping? Whatever it is,...IT ISN'T WORKING!?!! (Try Plan "B",...) -=
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ Richard 2011/07/17 18:45:20
    Are you accusing me of being on drugs? That a violation of TOS.
  • luvguins 2011/06/28 22:01:47
    The majority of the youth have no interest in the dull biased rhetoric on primetime Faux News. They would rather laugh with Jon Stewart on the Comedy Channel. Fox will never corral many of them. Their evening ratings went down 17% in 2010 and by 2011 Glen Beck had lost 1/3 of his viewers and 400 advertisers who refused to put ads on his show. Tomorrow is Beck's last day, and already a NY station cancelled his radio show.
  • Colbert 2011/06/28 21:41:20
  • luvguins Colbert 2011/06/28 21:50:30
  • Captain... luvguins 2011/06/29 05:51:01
  • luvguins Captain... 2011/06/29 15:58:30

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