Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Comedy Central's impressario out-Foxes, exposes Fox | The News is NowPublic.com
Comedy Central's impressario, the venerable Jon Stewart, host of the Daily Show, New York City, has out-foxed the Fox news network, and put a nick in their "fair and balanced" crown.
I think it is clear that if they are willing to deceive on one point, they may be unfaithful in larger matters: Hannity has been showing September footage as proof of last week's huge turnout, and that's not fair and balanced:
In the US, Fox News has been promoting a series of right-wing protestsagainst Obama and the Democrats' health care plan. They urge viewers to attend the protests, then give them huge coverage on the network.
But the network went a step too far this week, as Jon Stewart showed on the Daily Show.
The network's Sean Hannity had a segment in which he and two conservative Republican congressmen crowed about the size of an anti-health care rally held last week. But as The Daily Show discovered, they used video footage from a much larger rally held in September. What tipped them off? Thursday was clear and the leaves on the trees were a beautiful autumn colour. On September 12, the sky was cloudy and the leaves green. Check out the clip for yourself.
This episode shows perfectly why the White House has decided to treat Fox News as a political opponent, not a news organisation like CNN.