This Sunday, Jon Stewart joined Fox News anchor Chris Wallace for a thoughtful 25 minutes of media criticism. It was one of his substantive debates away from Comedy Central, more akin to a friendly sit-down with Bill O'Reilly than a 2004 chiding lecture delivered to CNN's Crossfire hosts. Last night, however, Stewart was back at the Daily Show where he entreated viewers to watch the unedited version (where "my emotional states don't seem to change so arbitrarily"), took an easy swipe at The Huffington Post's war-headline coverage (pictured above) and zeroed in on his takeaway from the exchange.
And that key moment would be where Wallace seemed to admit that Fox News was the "ideological equivalent" to MSNBC. "I think we're the counterweight," said the Fox anchor, "I think that they have a liberal agenda and we tell the other side of the story." After flashing Fox's "Fair & Balanced" logo at his audience, Stewart traced Wallace's logic: "News only comes in two sides. And if the conservative side isn't being told, what's being told must be liberal."
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