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Jon Stewart rants about 'Romney campaign headquarters,' aka Fox News

11:40 pm - 09/20/2012
If the Mitt Romney campaign hoped the leaked video of his ill-considered remarks at a May fundraiser would be a one-night story … well, it was mistaken. But Fox News came away with as many woes as the candidate when Jon Stewart was done with his “Daily Show” monologue Wednesday night.

The tape of Romney dismissing those who receive Federal subsidies as being unworthy of his attention was the gift that keeps on giving for Stewart, who rarely misses the chance to point out political ridiculousness when he sees it. The “entitlement” debate, dismissing 47% of voters as moochers, was right up his ally.

“Entitled to food! Medicine! Roofs!” Stewart said, feigning outrage at those who would dare to hope for such luxuries. “That’s the Republican candidate for the presidency seemingly characterizing a broad swath of Americans which would include veterans, the elderly, the working poor and much of the middle class as a bunch of freeloaders.”

But Stewart saved much of his venom for Fox News, which he called both the “Romney campaign headquarters” and an impolite term for a mountain filled with the waste products of a male bovine -- ahem. Examining the “fair and balanced” spin coming from the network’s ranks, Stewart noted that Fox first tried to dismiss the video because it came from the liberal Mother Jones magazine, via Jimmy Carter’s grandson.

(Warning: The following clip contains some profanity.)

“Oh my God! Your campaign got blown out by Jimmy Carter’s grandson! Oh, the Habitat for Humanity,” Stewart said. “So word one from (expletive) Mountain is well yeah, he said it, but you only found out about it because of people we don’t like.”

That was only part of the Republican response, of course. The spin took some other turns, with some arguing that Romney was speaking truth, though not artfully, and further indicating it was a strategy that could win him the election.

“Let me sum up the message, if I may,” Stewart said. “This in artfully stated dirty liberal smear … is a truthful expression of Mitt Romney’s political philosophy, and it is a winner.”

That wasn’t all. He also noted the folks at Fox minimized the video because it was a distraction from the big issues people theoretically care more about and because of when it was taken … in May of this year.

“May! Oh, that sounds like before June. Who even remembers May?” Stewart said. “Grandfather, may I sit on your knee and hear you tell tales of what life was like way back in May?’”

If you followed the news, you know what happens next. A video of Obama talking about the redistribution of wealth was located and played, with all the usual commentary about how damaging it was. Of course, it was taken in 1998. When he was a State Senator from Illinois.

“So recorded videos are a distraction – here’s one on Obama,” Stewart said.

And then came the big finish.

“The biggest problems with the denizens of (expletive) Mountain is… If they had success they built it. If they failed, the government ruined it for them. If they get a break they deserve it. If you get a break, it’s a handout and an entitlement. It’s a baffling, willfully blind cognitive dissonance.”

Looks like he gave Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly some bulletin board material for when the two debate in October.


this is from Wednesday's show (i haven't seen tonight's yet) but I wanted to post this cause he WONDERFULLY goes IN on Fox News. It's kind of amazing. tonight's show with President Clinton is sure to be masterful as well. Jon Stewart is nothing if not amazing during Indecision seasons...(let me admit, i'm more of a centrist, so i pretty much-not always-but mostly agree with what he says)...i think i'll definitely be paying the five bucks though in a week to watch him and O'Reilly go at it online....
lonely_hour 21st-Sep-2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
personally speaking, i wouldn't let my mother off -or anyone else i care about- to believe such fictitious things. Even if it causes an argument! And this has happened...
castalianspring 21st-Sep-2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
I have to pick my battles. It's very difficult to convince someone with facts when their whole argument is based on emotion and whatever their pastor is telling them in church. It's like beating your head against a brick wall and much less fun.
lonely_hour 21st-Sep-2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
Oh...if the church is involved...Okay. Oh man...my regards to you for your efforts (and everybody else, too).

it has always struck me as strange/perverse how a great part of america is so christian, yet so adverse to socialism! Total mash-up.
castalianspring 21st-Sep-2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's very sad how they completely ignore so much of Christ's actual teachings, especially in regards to the poor. I try to slowly work on my family when it comes to social issues, but sometimes it's just a losing battle and I have to retreat for my sanity.
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