Considering the amount of criticism they dish out, it is funny how the people at Fox News get bent out of shape when they are criticized. Case in point Eric Bolling, co-host of the The Five, recently took umbrage with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show’s ongoing take on Fox’s relentless and despicable scapegoating of the poor. The objectionable segment lampooned the network’s petty, mean-spirited, and counter-productive practice of shaming the poor and their truly ridiculous desire to micromanage the diets and lifestyles of people afflicted with poverty. It was a typically devastating and hilarious piece.
Mr. Bolling hosted Saturday’s edition of Cashin’ In and he opened the show with a panel discussion that, you guessed it, once again was centered on how the poor are mooching off the rest of us good, hard-working Americans. For some strange reason the panel included washed up actor Wayne Rogers, whom I assumed had passed away since he hasn’t been in anything since he left MASH for greener pastures in 1975. Can we look forward to Gary Burghoff appearing on the network to make a jackass of himself as well? Anyway, he also played a brief snippet from The Daily Show segment in which Stewart began to debunk some of the rumors, misinformation, and lies that are the bread and butter of the network. Stewart said:
[box type=”shadow”]”Food stamps are used for food. It’s a fact you can remember with this little mnemonic I use — food. It stands for food stamps can only be used for food, oh, oh dummy.”[/box]
Bolling then took the opportunity to take Jon to challenge Stewart to a debate, and to “school” him, but not before clumsily calling him a “dummy”. We see what he did there! Although the thought of Stewart actually appearing on Fox to debate Bolling is a fantastic and tantalizing dream, the chances of it actually happening are remote, at best.