Jon Stewart made his first ever Sunday morning news show appearance on Fox News with Christopher Wallace, where Wallace apparently had a bone to pick with Stewart. "You love to take shots at Fox News," Wallace said, and proceeded to put up a statements Stewart had made about the network in the past, including, just to pluck an example, the one time he called Fox News "a relentless agenda-driven 24 hours news opinion propaganda delivery system."
Wallace's point, it seemed, was less to refute Stewart's claims about Fox, but to point out that Stewart was really no different from him. As evidence, he pointed out how Stewart had compared coverage of Sarah Palin's bus tour to a herpes drug commercial, calling this a political comment.
"You're insane," said Stewart. He added:
"You can't understand, because of the world you live in that there is not a designed ideological agenda on my part to affect ideological change, because that is the soup you swim in... Ideological regimes can't understand that there is a free media somewhere, because they take marching orders."
To long-time viewers of Stewart, this may seem like nothing new. Gawker noted that Stewart had "the exact same argument about the media that he had with... well, that he tried to have with Tucker Carlson back in 2004." But the interview was a rare, serious one for Stewart. Mediaite commented that it was "unlike his often entertaining and jovial encounters with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly," and it contained a particularly "surprising moment" when "Stewart got uncharacteristically really angry, declaring that viewers of Fox News are the 'most consistently misinformed.'”
Continuing in his serious vein, Stewart admitting that he voted for George H.W. Bush because "there was an integrity about him that I respected greatly," as well as explained his disappointment in Obama because, "I thought he understood the corrosiveness of the system that existed, and I thought he was going to do more to blow the system up." Video of the interview is below.
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