During the Fox News’ Media Buzz early Sunday morning, Howard Kurtz attempted to justify talk show host Jon Stewart’s role in media and his power in political influence. Apparently, Jon Stewart’s ridicule of Obamacare was a breakthrough moment in reference to the law and Stewart’s snide remarks regarding the Affordable Care Act is proof of the law’s failure.
“This is a neat little game that Jon Stewart is playing,” Kurtz said. “He wants to be a cutting-edge media and political critic—remember the Rally for Sanity in Washington?—and he’s good at it! But if you say he’s having an impact, he says, ‘Wuh? I don’t have any impact. I’m just a guy telling smutty jokes on basic cable.’”
Last week, Kurtz, as well as several other Fox news pundits, argued that the Daily Show’s coverage of Obamacare was targeting the exact demographic whose involvement was essential for the law to function properly. In response, Stewart stated “Don’t act like us making jokes about a certain program or President is evidence that politician or issue has reached some kind of tipping point for action.” Stewart then rebuked, mentioning he has also ridiculed several other politicians and issues in the past. “If that causes things to end, why is the network you are on still on the air?” asked Stewart.
In the closing argument from Kurtz, he says “Jon Stewart making fun of Obamacare was a symbolic moment, the same with SNL mocking Kathleen Sebelius, but these things matter. Do we in the media overuse these clips to oversimplify issues? We’re guilty, Jon, we’re guilty! But keep ‘em coming.”
Keep spewing more right-wing biased agenda. We will keep the truth coming.
Watch Jon Stewart’s brilliant rebuttal to Fox News from last week.