Thursday night in his third installment of Shutstorm 2013 Jon Stewart took on Bulls**t Mountain, or as they call themselves, Fox News, for the skewed and less than factual coverage that they have been giving to the government shutdown.
He observed that the hosts there seem to be noticing that, “this shutdown ain’t looking so hot for one particular political party,” after playing a clip of one of their talking heads lamenting that, “over the last three days network evening news stories have blamed Republicans 21 times and have blamed Democrats, none.” Jon replies, “and they are also blaming floods on water, not fire, and sunsets on the rotation of the Earth not giant feathered serpents who devour the sun at night.”
Pointing out that it appears that, during the shutdown he said, “facts matter, we can’t have that, to the bulls**t-inator.” Cue Sean Hannity to say, while sitting in front of a graphic reading Obama Shutdown, “We’re also seeing the devastating impact of the liberal shutdown…” Stewart said, “Hmm, the feces is strong in this one.”
Next up was a montage of Fox hosts all saying that the President and Democrats had insisted on closing the WWII memorial to keep the veterans from visiting it. Of course Jon points out that the fact is that their allies in the TEApublican movement are the ones responsible for the shutdown that caused the closure and in fact has shut down the Meals on Wheels program which serves 500,000 veterans a year with hot meals.
That was followed by a montage of TEApublican Congresspersons railing against the federal government which they allege is on our backs and interfering with our lives. This brought an epiphany to him prompting him to say, “You hate the government. Yet you rail like banshees if any of the services and benefits you like are taken away.” After telling them that they are the Jerk and playing the famous scene of Steve Martin in the movie, he said, “I don’t need any government, except these memorials, and Social Security, and the paddle game.”
Returning to a comment by Steve Doocey while displaying a split screen of the consulate in Benghazi as it burned and the veterans removing the barricades and entering the WWII Memorial claiming that the President sent more security to the WWII Memorial than he did Benghazi. Of course Doocey sees no flaws in this argument even though there is no sign of any security personnel at the Memorial as the veterans stream through the breach in the barricades.
Admitting that he is still new to directing Stewart advises Doocey, “I’m pretty sure the news face you want to use to convey outrage and concern isn’t s**t-eating grin. The gratuitous and cavalier nature of that comparison truly shows how little they actually care about Benghazi, except as a ‘Ben-gotcha.’”
For a more personal take on the shutdown he then goes “live via satellite” to government employee, Smokey the Bear. During the conversation Smokey is puffing on a cigarette which he casually tosses to the ground as he walks away, when called on it by Stewart he replies, “Oh, you want me to go put that out? How about this, f**k you, pay me, Jon, all right?”